Ronda Rousey will star as herself in a feature film. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Ronda Rousey has fought in the cage and acted on the big screen. Now, it appears the UFC superstar’s next move will be a combination of both.
Variety on Monday reported that Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to adapt Rousey’s autobiography, “My Fight/Your Fight,” into a feature film. The women’s bantamweight champion will reportedly star as herself as well as co-produce the film, with writer Mark Bomback (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Wolverine”) set to adapt the story.
While it is unusual for a person to star in their own biopic, Variety reports that Rousey hoped to play herself from the moment the book’s rights were put on the market. According to the report, “Paramount execs were impressed by her ability to balance a film career while also staying in top fighting shape.”
The news comes less than 48 hours after Rousey’s latest title defense, a 34-second knockout oaf previously unbeaten Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190. The win moved the Olympic judo medalist’s professional MMA record to 12-0, with 11 of those victories coming inside the first round. The last three women to step inside the cage with Rousey have lasted a combined 64 seconds.
Before the biopic, Rousey will likely defend her title again in a third meeting with old rival Miesha Tate. After that, the 28-year-old is expected to take a hiatus from the cage to act in the Mark Wahlberg film “Mile 22,” which will reportedly begin filming in January.