Here’s a Hollywood story: pretty girl goes undefeated in mixed martial arts, loses one fight, gets offered acting role in Hollywood (which leads to more roles) and now fights no longer.
That’s the case for former Strikeforce and EliteXC fighter Gina Carano, who went 7-0 before suffering a knockout loss to Cristine “Cyborg” Justine in 2009. Carano had dabbled in acting with small roles, but after her loss to Cyborg, she starred in the feature film Haywire, then had a supporting role with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Fast & Furious 6 which took in almost $800 million at the box office.
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Even though there are rumors of her returning to the Octagon — with UFC President Dana White saying she could face Holly Holm — the question arises, could Hollywood lure UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (9-0) away from fighting permanently?
Rousey has been busy; she’s slated to fight this summer, which would be three in less than a year and she’s appeared in the not-yet-released The Expendables 3, Entourage (film), and is filming Fast & Furious 7.
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Entourage’s Jerry Ferrara who plays “Turtle” on HBO’s hit show-turned-film, told MMA Fighting:
“When that girl’s fighting, she’s fighting, and nothing else exists to her. She’s one of the more focused, driven people I’ve ever met and it’s almost like this was her night gig and fighting’s her day job. She’s a fighter. She’s not going anywhere. She loves fighting too much. That’s the impression I got. She’s not going anywhere.”
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Even though Rousey, who is one of the most popular fighters in the world, seems to have carved her a job for life after fighting — don’t look for her to quit her day job. Not a bad year for MMA’s new “bad girl” who is set to face Alexis Davis July 5 at UFC 175 in Las Vegas.
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