Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey recently dropped a bombshell by revealing she would "hypothetically" leave the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in two years.
And fight fans have Hollywood to blame for that.
"Rowdy" recently inked deals for supporting roles in the upcoming films "The Expandables 3" and "Fast and Furious 7." And judging by the franchise's past box office success, Rousey's bank account will likely be a bit bigger.
Or will it?
According to UFC President Dana White, he stands firm in his stance that "Tinseltown" is not going to pay Rousey -- or any other fighter, for that matter -- as much as ZUFFA will, which is why he's confident in saying Ronda won't be retiring from the fight game anytime soon.
"There's no way in hell. I don't care what Hollywood offers, they ain't paying what we're paying. These guys, when they go out and make a movie, they don't make what we're paying."
After her retirement plans were revealed, Rousey took to Twitter to defend herself against the backlash she received from the disappointed fans who criticized her for her retirement plans (read her outburst here).
As far as White's response to her Twitter tirade, he says she better get used to the fans' criticism.
"Here's the thing. If you want to be on Twitter, get ready. Put your big-girl boots on. Get ready, because shit's coming at you. Any time you're in the public, with social media, and the internet or anywhere else, people are going to say stupid shit to you. No matter what, it's going to happen. You can't snap and flip out on everybody every time they do. She'll learn that, she's still young. What Ronda Rousey has accomplished with the Olympics and UFC and mixed martial arts, she's a workhorse. Just the load that we put on her, she kicks ass. She handles a lot of stuff. Everyone is going to have their moments where they snap and say, ‘Hey, fuck you world, leave me alone today.' Know what I mean? But those are the days you don't pick up Twitter and hit the button and you don't get on the internet. The only time you get smashed with that negativity is when you go there. So if you're having that kind of a day, just don't go there.
Since making her Octagon debut at UFC 157, "Rowdy" has been in high demand, landing countless magazine covers (like this one and this one) and even signing on with Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME), receiving media attention that would make Brock Lesnar jealous.
And while the lights of Hollywood seem to be pretty bright in Rousey's eyes at the moment, Dana isn't too sure that they won't become a bit dimmer as time goes on. Gina Carano, the former face of women's MMA, bolted for the Hollywood hills in 2009 to star in "Haywire," and she hasn't fought since.
Will Rousey follow suit?
Or will ZUFFA's deep pockets insure that she continues to help women's MMA grow longer than her predicted 24 months?