UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is interviewed in the August 18th edition of ESPN The Magazine and spoke at length about her budding Hollywood career and a potential fight with Gina Carano.
While she never grew up with aspirations of becoming a Hollywood action star, Rousey says she hopes to become the next “Rock” and become the highest grossing actor in the world.
“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star. I just didn’t think it was in the cards. Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, “Screw it, I don’t give a s—, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.” I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday.”
“I never aspired to be second. I was taught as a kid that you can do whatever you want in this world, so why not be the best in the world at it? Even when I was bartending, I wanted to be the world’s best, most efficient and charming bartender. That’s how I do things.”
Rousey explained that she does almost all of her own stunts (taking precautions when she’s training for a fight):
“I did all of my own stunts, except for a couple of falls. I had a fight that December, so Dana White wouldn’t let me do anything too dangerous, but nobody else could do a lot of those fight scenes, so it fell to me. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I love jumping off of stuff, so they promised to let me do my own falls if I don’t have a fight next time.”
When asked about Floyd Mayweather apparently not knowing who she was and referring to her as a “him,” Rousey is taking his word that it was simply an honest mistake.
“I’m not going to make any assumptions. He said he really didn’t know, and he apologized if I was offended. I thought that was sweet of him.”
As for a potential fight against Gina Carano, she’s confident in her chances, as long as she avoids a one-punch knockout:
“Well, I want to win, of course. That’s how every fight goes down. But my coach said from the start that Gina is the worst style matchup for me. I’m not just saying that. I don’t have to worry about fighters outmuscling or overwhelming me or catching me on the mat. The only thing I have to worry about is the one-punch knockout. And out of all of the women in MMA, Gina has the best feel for distance and timing. That’s not something you lose because you made a couple of movies. You’ll always have that. And she was the first girl I ever saw that had a one-punch standing knockout. The other chicks who are known for knocking people out, those are really TKOs: They got overwhelmed on the ground, and then the ref stopped them. She’s the one who can knock you out while standing on her feet with one punch. That’s what makes her the most dangerous.”
“I really do believe that she’s the hardest competitor I could ever find to fight. Even if you don’t believe that, even if you think she took too much time off and it’d be a quick fight, to be honest, that fight would be too hot not to watch. It doesn’t really matter if it’ll be competitive or not. And if you do watch it, you’re going to be surprised: It’ll be one of greatest fights to ever happen in the history of women’s MMA.”