Ronda Rousey is coming close to retirement in the UFC world, and she made history this past weekend at UFC 184 in her fourteen second win over Cat Zingano. So what’s next for the MMA favorite champ? She’s already been marking her territory in Hollywood, and now it looks like after a few smaller roles in action films, she’s ready to make the jump into a co-starring role in a big budget actioner.
Rousey is no stranger to the silver screen. She played a character in last year’s “The Expendables 3” and has a role in “Furious 7,” which is set to be released later this year.
According to Variety, Rousey will costar with Iko Uwais in the Peter Berg-produced “Mile 22.” The report has Rousey playing a CIA operative who works with an Indonesian police officer (Uwais) as they battle “violent and extreme” political corruption.
“I’m very excited at the possibility of working with Ronda and Iko to create a film in the spirit of this new wave of combat cinema emerging from Indonesia,” Berg told Variety. “Ronda and Iko will be a very unique and powerful team.”
However, it doesn’t seem as though everyone in UFC is as thrilled about Rousey’s new gig as a Hollywood action star. At least one of her fellow competitors says Rousey is not the kind of champion UFC deserves.
“She did a good thing, that was bringing the UFC the female fights,” undefeated Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia told Yahoo Sports at UFC 184 on Saturday. “She convinced [UFC President Dana White] to do it. But I don’t think she’s a good champion. I think she’s really selfish.
“She just thinks about herself, about making movies, dressing well, showing up. I’m not gonna be like this, I’m gonna be a real champ. I’m gonna do something for the people. I’m gonna be the people’s champ.”
Tough talk, but it may be that Correia is just positioning herself to be Rousey’s next challenger.