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  • 02-28-2013, 04:29 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    William Morris Endeavor signs Ronda Rousey - Mixed Martial Arts News

    Ronda Rousey has signed with William Morris Endeavor, the world's largest and oldest talent agency, with offices in Beverly Hills, New York City, Nashville, London, and Miami. Founded as the William Morris Agency in 1898, WME represents artists from all facets of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, music, theatre, digital, publishing, lifestyle, and physical production.

    WME Co-CEO Ari Emanuel was crucial in brokering the $700 million deal between the UFC and FOX. Emanuel is the basis for the character Ari Gold in HBO's Entourage.

    The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

    Mixed martial artist star and judo Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey has signed with WME.

    Rousey was the first female fighter to join the UFC, becoming its first female champion. A judoka, she has won every fight in the first round by armbar.

    Rousey became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo, capturing bronze at the Summer Games in Beijing.

    While male fighters and athletes have a long tradition of crossing over from sport to screen, women are less known for making the transition. Gina Carano, another MMA fighter, famously segued into acting when she starred in the 2012 Steven Soderbergh action film Haywire. She is now set to appear in Fast & Furious 6.
  • 02-27-2013, 08:32 PM
    mma #1 fan
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. MMA View Post
    Good for Ronda. I did expect that this card would do well, because it was historic. Like I said in a previous post though, let's see how well she does in PPV buys in her next few fights though. I predicted a strong start and then it'll taper off as there won't be a historic significance in the future.



    Around 300,000 most likely. My estimation is based on UFC 139 buy rates of 290,000, which featured Hendo versus Shogun as the main event. That was also for the #1 contendorship, and I think most people would be more excited for a Hendo/Shogun fight over Hendo/Machida, but let's just say the attraction was the same for estimation wise.
    A look into the past ratings of UFC 157 main event fighters : MMAPayout.com: The Business of MMA

    Machida is a good PPV draw for the UFC. He’s averaged 578K PPV buys since UFC 98

    Lyoto Machida

    UFC 140 – 490K main event vs. Jon Jones
    UFC 129 – 800K co-main event vs. Randy Couture
    UFC 123 – 500K main event vs. Rampage Jackson
    UFC 113 – 520K main event vs. Shogun Rua II
    UFC 104 – 500K main event vs. Shogun Rua
    UFC 98 – 635K main event vs. Rashad Evans
  • 02-27-2013, 07:18 PM
    TBEAR
    No worries guys "Ally-gator"is coming for Ronda anyway
  • 02-27-2013, 07:08 PM
    Dr. MMA
    Good for Ronda. I did expect that this card would do well, because it was historic. Like I said in a previous post though, let's see how well she does in PPV buys in her next few fights though. I predicted a strong start and then it'll taper off as there won't be a historic significance in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by Esox Express View Post
    I can't help but wonder what kind of buy rate they would be looking at if it was Machida/Hendo headlining and Rousey wasn't even on the card at all...
    Around 300,000 most likely. My estimation is based on UFC 139 buy rates of 290,000, which featured Hendo versus Shogun as the main event. That was also for the #1 contendorship, and I think most people would be more excited for a Hendo/Shogun fight over Hendo/Machida, but let's just say the attraction was the same for estimation wise.
  • 02-27-2013, 06:35 PM
    Esox Express
    I can't help but wonder what kind of buy rate they would be looking at if it was Machida/Hendo headlining and Rousey wasn't even on the card at all...
  • 02-27-2013, 05:06 PM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Hogan says, Sniggs, whattchu talking about brother.

  • 02-27-2013, 05:04 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Hogan says, Sniggs, whattchu talking about brother.

  • 02-27-2013, 05:01 PM
    Sniggles
  • 02-27-2013, 04:52 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Dana White says Ronda Rousey's 'Hunger Games' role can't pay her the kind of money that MMA can
    Dana White says Ronda Rousey's 'Hunger Games' role can't pay her the kind of money that MMA can - MMAmania.com



    "Rowdy" reps had "no comment" on her influx of movie deals, according to the NY Post, but one person who did have some input was UFC President Dana White, who calls a trip to Hollywood a downgrade in pay, according to comments he made on last night's episode of "UFC Tonight:"


    "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."
  • 02-26-2013, 11:23 PM
    joeodd2
    I think she can open up new markets for them. she will definitely capture the Lesbian audiance. and she can promote the UFC in some very high profile venues that most of the guys would have trouble getting into and if they do they would not have as big of an impact as an attractive female fighter. The only problem could be that she's a poor woman's chael sonnen when it comes to make comments about different things. It's kinda a double edge sword with Rhonda. As long as she stays away from Cyborg I can see her having a long reign....It would be awesome if the UFC could bring over some Asian Female fighters....
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