Ronda Rousey in talks to join cast of ‘Fast & Furious 7′

Ronda-RouseyEarlier this year, Ronda Rousey said that she would not consider a career in acting until her fighting days are over. A number of recent rumors have indicated that she may have changed her mind, the most recent of which links her to the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” movies.

Variety reported on Wednesday that Rousey has begun negotiations to join the cast of “Fast & Furious 7.” The movie is scheduled to begin filming this fall and will bring back its star-studded cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in addition to Jason Statham. Former female MMA fighter Gina Carano appeared in “Fast & Furious 6.”

Last month, Sylvester Stallone announced that Rousey would be joining the cast of “The Expendables 3.” According to Variety, the theory is that she could film both roles this fall and finish in time to begin training for her Dec. 28 rematch against Miesha Tate.

Rousey is considered the best female fighter in MMA at the moment, and she is obviously a major draw for movie producers as well. There have also been rumors linking her to the next “Hunger Games” movie, so the offers are flowing in at a fairly rapid pace. It must be nice for her to know she has a potential career beyond fighting, but hopefully acting won’t take away from her focus in the octagon. As Dana White previously noted, Rousey will have plenty of time to act when her UFC career ends.

Ronda Rousey upset with fan asking her sex question (Video)

Ronda Rousey went off on a fan last week at the New York City stop on the 2013 World Tour for asking her a sex question.

Ronda Rousey fanThe video above doesn’t show the question that was asked, but MMA writer Eric Holden, who took the video, says a fan asked Rousey how often she has sex before fights.

“Who said that?” Rousey barked in response.

“It’s not an appropriate question to ask,” Rousey told the fan. “If your mother was standing behind you and heard you ask that question, what would she say to you?”

Rousey is as confrontational as it gets, so seeing her go after a fan wasn’t too surprising. But it is somewhat surprising that a question about her sex life set her off when she seems to be so open about the subject.

Last August, Rousey boasted to Conan O’Brien that she likes having sex before fights. A few months later, she elaborated on that subject during an interview with Jim Rome. I guess Rousey’s reaction to the inquiries is all about the manner in which the questions are asked.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude

Ronda Rousey topless is now a tattoo


Ronda Rousey is one of the most polarizing figures in sports. She is a dominant female MMA fighter who also happens to be quite attractive, which many consider to be a rare combination. Personally, I like Rousey. I think she’s pretty entertaining when she gives open interviews like this. But no one likes her as much as this guy.

As you can see from the photo above that MMA News shared with us on Facebook, there’s a fan out there who actually has a tattoo of Rousey topless, covering her breasts with her UFC gloves. It’s similar to the pose she struck on the cover of ESPN’s Body Issue, which is probably what the guy was going for.

Once someone has a tattoo of you with no shirt on and you have posed for photos like this, I think that officially makes you a sex symbol. I don’t make the rules.

H/T USA Today

Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz to star in ‘The Expendables 3′

Ronda-RouseyRonda Rousey has hinted at the possibility of going into movies since last August. UFC President Dana White said he would never stop someone from pursuing new opportunities, but that Rousey is better off waiting until she finishes her fighting career to dip her toes into the acting pool.

Either she is planning to retire soon, or it appears Rousey may not wait for her fighting career to conclude before hitting Hollywood. On Monday, Sylvester Stallone announced that Rousey and Victor Ortiz are slated to star in his next installment of “The Expendables.”

Rousey would not be the first top female fighter to transition from the octagon to the movies, as Gina Carano has already successfully done so. The surprise, however, is that she claimed earlier this year when rumors were circulating about a possible role in “The Hunger Games 2″ that she would not get into acting until her fighting career is finished.

The “Expendables” series has brought together some of the most bad-ass athletes, actors and entertainers in the world, so Rousey and Ortiz — a guy who boxed four rounds with a broken jaw — would certainly continue with that theme. If she can make money in movies while remaining focused on her MMA career, I don’t see why Rousey would have a problem. If it affects her training schedule, waiting until she retires from fighting would probably be beneficial.

Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano had a fantastic rack

Gina CaranoESPN The Magazine released its “Body Issue” this week, which features numerous athletes posing nude. Female MMA fighter Miesha Tate was one of the athletes who posed for the magazine, following the lead of nemesis Ronda Rousey, who posed the previous year. In a companion piece for the Body Issue, Amanda Hess wrote an interesting article about how breasts impact female athletes.

[Photos: Miesha Tate poses nude in Body Issue]

Hess says a typical A-cup boob weighs 0.43 pounds, and that a woman with D-cup breasts could be carrying around four extra pounds compared to someone with smaller breasts. The extra weight can cause neck and back pain, among other problems. Some female athletes get breast reductions to reduce the interference caused by their chest.

For the article, Rousey described the difficulties of fighting and grappling in the octagon while worrying about keeping her breasts covered. She had a particularly tough time concealing her breasts while struggling with Liz Carmouche in her last fight because of a wardrobe issue. Rousey also offered some pretty interesting quotes on the matter, specifically saying that large breasts are not very common among elite female athletes.

“Gina Carano was an amazing fighter, and she had a fantastic rack,” Rousey told ESPNW, but “You don’t see big titties in the Olympics, and I think that’s for a reason.”

Carano, 31, went 12-1-1 in her Muay Thai career, and 7-1 in MMA. Carano lost to Cyborg Santos in 2009 for her lone MMA loss and has not returned to the cage since. Instead, she has pursued an acting career and has acted in movies like “Fast & Furious 6″ and “Haywire.”

Carano became extremely popular because of a combination of her good looks and excellent fighting abilities. Rousey has taken over her spot as the face of women’s MMA.

Rousey’s point about not seeing many large-breasted women in the Olympics is probably accurate. Elite athletes who are curvy like Carano or Serena Williams seem to be rare.

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Fan has Ronda Rousey autograph tattoo on her ankle (Picture)

Ronda Rousey tattoo

Ronda Rousey gave one of her most dedicated fans quite the treat when she spent some time over the weekend specially drawing a customized tattoo that included her autographed initials on the fan’s ankle.

Carey Fusco, who is a huge Rousey fan and calls the fighter one of her inspirations, tells Larry Brown Sports she ran into the UFC champ at the Tuff-N-Uff event in Mesquite, Ariz., over the weekend and told her she was interested in getting the fighter’s autographed initials tattooed on her ankle.

“[Rousey] was like ‘Really? That’s cool!’ and then said ‘let’s do it,’ ” Fusco recalled to Larry Brown Sports in an email.

Fusco then rolled up her pants, pushed down her socks, and let Rousey draw her initials on her ankle. Fusco says Rousey was very sweet and careful while taking her time on the design to make it perfect.

Fusco has been a Rousey fan for a few years and knew the fighter was destined for stardom long before she exploded in popularity. Fusco tells LBS she first saw Rousey fight at a Tuff-N-Uff event in 2010 and that Rousey stood out to her immediately. Fusco took a picture with Rousey that day — surprising Rousey with the request — and got to see her fight at Tuff-N-Uff one more time before the armbar master went pro.

A year later, she saw Rousey at the 2011 World MMA Awards in Las Vegas, by which time the fighter had become well known. She says Rousey told her, “Hey, I remember you from Tuff-n-Uff!” which instantly made Fusco a fan for life.

She ran into Rousey at the next awards show and says Rousey remembered her again and they took a picture. So when Fusco saw Rousey at the latest Tuff-N-Uff event, she decided to ask the superstar for the autograph so she could get it tattooed.

“The way I look at it, I have a custom tattoo designed by Ronda Rousey, somebody who has changed the face of MMA forever. I was a fan before she blew up, and watched her career transform and grow. Such an inspiration,” says Fusco.

We have seen some dedicated fans go all-out with tattoos of their favorite athlete or sports team, but not many of them can say their favorite athlete specially designed and signed their work. Carey Fusco can make that claim.

Photo credit: Carey Fusco

Ronda Rousey offered role in ‘Hunger Games’ movie? Manager says no comment

A rumor circulated on Tuesday that Ronda Rousey has been courted to play a role in the third installment of “The Hunger Games” movies. The report emanated from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio and was publicized by MMA site Bloody Elbow.

When contacted by Larry Brown Sports over email Wednesday, Rousey’s manager Darin Harvey said he had no comment on the report.

When asked for his opinion on the report, UFC President Dana White was not bashful.

“You know how I feel about the movie stuff,” White said on “UFC Tonight” Tuesday, per MMA Mania. “When Rampage (Jackson) 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.”

Would Rousey really make more as a fighter than she would as an actress? I’m not as confident as White. I do know acting has one benefit — it would be a heck of a lot safer than fighting.

In August, Rousey hinted at the possibility of going into movies. However, she recently told the New York Post she wouldn’t consider an acting career until she’s done fighting.

“I’m a fighter first,” Rousey said Feb. 14. “I came straight [to this interview] from sparring, not from getting my eye brows done. Once I feel like my fighting career is done, then maybe I’ll go into something else.”

Rousey may not be ready for a movie career, but she certainly is becoming famous. She headlined UFC 157 over the weekend and it reportedly generated a very respectable 400,000-plus pay-per-view buys. It must be noted that she did get a nice boost from the Lyoto Machida-Dan Henderson co-main event, which probably would have drawn well on its own.

White, of course, is hoping Rousey sticks with fighting; he allowed women into the UFC because of Rousey and he would be losing his biggest female draw if she left. Former Strikeforce fighter Gina Carano began making movies after losing to Cyborg Santos in 2009 and hasn’t returned to the cage since.