If you had not heard, there has been rumors (via Wrestling Observer) that Ronda Rousey was offered a part in the third installment of The Hunger Games. As fear quickly strikes through the MMA community that we may lose yet another fighter to Hollywood, Dana White quickly puts it to rest with a simple explanation as to why Rousey should not leave MMA in her rear-view.
“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.”
Of course this brings up the question. Why doesn’t Gina Carano come back? Why doesn’t Cung Le stay more active in MMA, instead of taking time off to do movies. They may just be circumstantial. We heard Quinton “Rampage” Jackson admit that he took a big money cut to do A-Team, which gives credence to White’s remarks. The fact that the UFC is now putting on female pay-per-view events, it may be enough to bring back “Conviction” to fighting. Fingers crossed.