According to a Feb. 27 report from MMA Mania, UFC President Dana White thinks Ronda Rousey would make more money from MMA fighting than she would from appearing in the upcoming sequel to Hunger Games.
White isn't a fan of MMA fighters shifting to the acting game in the midst of their prime fighting years, so he thinks it would be a mistake if Rousey accepted a role in Hunger Games.
"You know how I feel about the movie stuff," White said. "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."
Rousey's camp had no official comment on the report that she has been offered a role in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel.
“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.”
There's no way to tell if White is just blowing smoke, or if he really believes Rousey would make more from fighting than she would from a career in acting.
Perhaps Rousey could do both, much like Quinton Jackson. Taking some time off from fighting to make an appearance in just one movie, absolutely wouldn't kill her fighting career.
She could make an appearance in Hunger Games, and then hop back into the fighting game shortly after.