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Now that mixed martial arts (MMA) has made Ronda Rousey a star, Hollywood would like to capitalize on it. But will UFC President Dana White let his latest and greatest asset take a vacation in Tinseltown?
Dear Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC):
Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting! We'll take it from here.
Looks like UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is turning a few heads in "Tinseltown" after breaking the hearts of Lizbos worldwide in the main event of UFC 157 last Saturday night (Feb. 23, 2013) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Could the undefeated Olympian be headed to the silver screen?
Rousey was reportedly offered a role in the next "Hunger Games" movie -- as well as its sequel -- according to Dave Meltzer of "The Wrestling Observer." The Hunger Games, according to Wiki, are an "annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12-18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death."
I liked it better when it was called "The Running Man."
"Rowdy" reps had "no comment" on her influx of movie deals, according to the NY Post, but one person who did have some input was UFC President Dana White, who calls a trip to Hollywood a downgrade in pay, according to comments he made on last night's episode of "UFC Tonight:"
"You know how I feel about the movie stuff. When Rampage did the movie, it was his dream to be a part of the A-Team. I don't want to take away any opportunities from Ronda, but at the same time, her window of opportunity as a professional athlete is really narrow. She could make a zillion movies when she retires. Where she's really going to get the money is here fighting. I don't care if she's the lead role in ‘The Hunger Games 2,' she would not make anywhere near - I mean, not even in the universe - to the money she makes fighting."
Why get punched in the face for real when you can pretend and still get paid?
Naturally, the first comparison is Gina Carano, who was the face of women's mixed martial arts (MMA) while Rousey was still an Olympic judoka. "Conviction" landed a starring roll alongside A-list actors for "Haywire" and hasn't looked back since.
There you have it, folks. Crossover stars eventually cross over, but it seems a bit premature for Rousey to hang 'em up, and I'm sure her new UFC contract has her on a short leash after essentially building an entire division just for her. In short, there's still work to be done.