"Lights, camera, action!" never sounded more accurate.
Movie icon and fictional boxing hero Sylvester Stallone tweeted
Tuesday that two new Latino combat sports athletes are to appear in the
third installment of his "Expendables" franchise: the UFC's bantamweight
champion Ronda Rousey and former boxing champion Victor Ortiz.
"Ronda Rousey will show championship form in Expendables 3! So will multi [champion Victor Ortiz!," Stallone tweeted.
Rousey won't be the first MMA star to appear in an "Expendables"
film. UFC legend Randy Couture, a current coach on Spike TV's "Fight
Master," is a main cast Expendable and will most likely appear in the
Rousey, now a mainstream sensation, just finished filming "The
Ultimate Fighter" opposite Miesha Tate which culminates in a fight on
this upcoming December's UFC 168 card as the co-main event before the
much anticipated Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch.
This isn't the first time that "Rowdy," as she's known, has flirted with the silver screen.
In February it was reported that Rousey was offered a role in "The Hunger Games" sequel.
Her boss, UFC president Dana White – who's had some issues with stars
taking on acting roles in the past – made it clear then that while he
was happy for Rousey, he'd prefer she concentrate on fighting.
"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," White said on "UFC Tonight" in February.
"She could make a zillion movies when she retires. Where she's really going to get the money is here fighting," he added.
Rousey isn't the first attractive female MMA star to make a move toward cinema.
Gina Carano put her MMA career on hold to pursue acting, starring as
the lead in the star-studded Steven Soderbergh flop "Haywire" and
appearing in this year's "Furious 6."
As for Ortiz, his career seems to be moving away from the sport of
boxing since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2011 — where he put his
guard down and paid for it.
Earlier this year he appeared on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" 16th season.