If Ronda Rousey indeed decides to wrap up her mixed martial arts (MMA) career following her 48-second knockout loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 (see it again here), she always has acting to fall back on, as the former women’s Bantamweight champion has already firmly imprinted her name on the Hollywood scene.
Or does she?
According to Chael Sonnen, that may not be the case, as he tells TMZ Sports that once fighting goes, so does her acting career as he says Rousey isn’t getting her acting gigs based on her fine skills in the art, but rather her status as the face of women’s MMA.
And if fighting goes, then so does acting.
"I want the best for Ronda, but we’re operating in a level of reality here. These things are all tied together. This girl can't act, nor should she be able to, she's not a trained actor," said the Sonnen. "She was in those opportunities because she was very famous. It's a house of cards. If one goes, they all go."
But, her parts in said films weren’t exactly big enough to give people a proper gauge of her level of expertise in the field, though most weren’t impressed. But, as Chael perfectly states, you can’t expect "Rowdy" -- who has been trained in the art of jiu-jitsu and Judo since she was a child -- to be high-caliber actress since she wasn't exactly trained for Hollywood at those times, though I’m sure the former 135-pound queenpin has taken some acting lessons to up her game since.
That said, Ronda has never claimed to be an Oscar-worthy actress, but you still can’t blame for her taking the opportunities given to her, as she still has upcoming roles in films such as "Mile 22," "Road House" and "The Athena Project."
As for Ronda’s future in fighting, Sonnen says while she still may have the name to draw in big numbers at the box office, she won’t be getting near a belt anytime soon.
"I can tell you this right now about Ronda, she is in her prime right now. She is 29 years old, things are not going to get any better," added "The American Gangster."
"So, is she a title contender in the future or ever? No, those days are long gone. However, there is something to be said for being a top 10, going out there mixing it up and seeing where your skills are, drawing tickets, giving the audience what they want. There is something to be said of that."
How about it Maniacs, does Ronda’s acting career also fade away should she decided to hang up her gloves for good? Or can she maintain a steady line of work in Tinseltown despite stepping away from the fight game, ala Gina Carano?