Ronda Rousey’s rise to superstardom continues in the wake of her victory in the first female fight in UFC history this past weekend as she’s now signed up to one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor.
The signing could pave the way for Rousey to follow in Gina Carano’s footsteps and begin to star in major movies, and rumors have already began to emerge that Rousey has been targeted for a role in a sequel to ‘The hunger Games’.
While that’s good news for Rousey, the big concern is that the lure of making movies could steer her away from her mixed martial arts career which is only just starting to kick into top gear.
Naturally Dana White has been quick to respond to the news and he insists that fighting in the Octagon is what makes the most financial sense for Rousey at this stage in her career.
“You know how I feel about the movie stuff,” White told The New York Post. “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.”
So far Rousey herself hasn’t spoken out on the matter, but her manager Darvin Harvey has.
“If a film opportunity comes along, we’re not going to say no if it’s the right opportunity,” Harvey told The Bleacher Report. “Every big producer in Hollywood has taken interest in Ronda.”
Nevertheless, Harvey insists that the UFC’s latest superstar remains commited first and foremost to fighting.
“Our primary goal is to focus on fighting, that’s what’s got her here. She’s a fighter, she has a lot to prove, so she’s going to be fighting. There’s been a lot of interest in Ronda, but her primary goal is training and fighting.”