Could the UFC women's bantamweight champion be the next high-profile women's MMA fighter to leave the sport for the bright lights of Hollywood? It's a little premature to think that Ronda Rousey will follow in the footsteps of Gina Carano at this point, but her mainstream recognition continues to grow. After being featured in ESPN's The Body issue last year and on the cover of Maxim recently, Rousey just landed a part in The Expendables 3. And she is now close to acting in the latest flick in another movie franchise - Fast & Furious 7 (via Variety):
In the first major casting for the next installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, Ultimate Fighting Champion Ronda Rousey is ready to take her talents to the big screen landing a supporting role in "Fast & Furious 7."
Rousey has just started negotiations to join the cast of "Fast & Furious 7″ but if it closes, it would be the first major role cast for the next installment in the franchise.
The film is gearing up with the plan to start shooting this fall, and Rousey would move training for her next fight to Atlanta where the film is set to shoot.
Ronda was also offered a part in The Hunger Games 2 back in February. Rousey is very different than Carano in the fact that she grew up in Judo and was an Olympian, but I wonder how Dana White is feeling about Rousey's burgeoning movie career. And the fact that she's moving her fight camp to accommodate an acting job is probably not going to please him either.