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Ronda Rousey’s UFC Debut May Have Gone Too Well

February 28, 2013 By: Category: Entertainment, Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Ronda Rousey’s UFC debut couldn’t have gone any better. As a matter of a fact, it may have gone to good. A new report says that Rousey could be following in the path of Gina Carano and head to Hollywood, leaving the UFC with a big hole to fill.

I will be the first to admit that I was dead wrong about Ronda Rousey’s impact on UFC 157. I thought she’d bomb and she did anything but. Early reports are that the show did somewhere in the 400-450,000 buyrate range which is phenomenal all things considered. Unfortunately for the UFC some of those 450,000 eyes came from Hollywood and they are already knocking on Rousey’s door.

Dave Meltzer reported on his F4Wonline.com podcast that Rousey has been offered a role in the third installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise. Rousey’s manager was recently asked about her flirtation with Hollywood and he is expecting to see more offers like the Hunger Games come his clien’ts way.

“We’ve gone to some pitch meetings for major motion pictures,” Rousey’s manager, Darin Harvey, said. “There are a lot of big Hollywood producers and directors that are very interested in Ronda. They’re paying very close attention to her. They see the star potential. When Steven Seagal came on the scene, one of the things that made him successful, besides having this cool persona, was how well his style of Aikido worked on camera. It looked different than anything we had seen in the movies before. Ronda’s judo—the throws can be spectacular. It can translate on to film very, very well.”

This is a problem. A real big problem for the UFC. The UFC just spent more money and time promoting her than any other fighter in recent memory. The promotion paid off and now you have fans expecting to see more. How much more they will see could be stifled by Rousey’s outside projects if filming movies takes her out of the fight game for most of the year.

UFC president Dana White is confident that his new superstar isn’t going anywhere. White said what may go down as one of the his dumbest all-time quotes on the UFC Tonight earlier this week regarding the possibility that Rousey could leave the UFC for a career in film.

“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.”

Brock Lesnar made more money than anyone in MMA and even he wasn’t making more fighting than his old rival The Rock was making in Hollywood. That is just an asinine comment. For Rousey to make more money fighting for the UFC over taking a lead in a major motion picture would be a miracle. WMMA just isn’t there yet and for Dana to say otherwise is just foolish.

Let’s just say for a second that Rousey would continue fighting while acting in movies. The UFC would be lucky to get her for one fight per year and that is barring any kind of injury during training. How can the UFC build an entire division around someone that isn’t even around? The upside is that less could be more and Rousey could become even bigger by fighting less. The downside is that you really couldn’t plan anything full-time with that kind of schedule.

So enjoy the Ronda Rousey ride while you can. It looks like this train could be pulling out of town for Hollywood before you can say Cyborg.

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Eric Gargiulo

Eric Gargiulo is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia.

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