Ronda Rousey reportedly to star in upcoming action movie

UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will star in an upcoming action movie, according to Variety

Ronda Rousey is on top of the mixed-martial arts world following her 14-second annihilation of Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Saturday. So what's next for the undefeated bantamweight champ?

It appears to be a starring role in an upcoming movie.

Rousey is no stranger to the silver screen. She played a character in last year's "The Expendables 3" and has a role in "Furious 7," which is set to be released later this year.

According to Variety, Rousey will costar with Iko Uwais in the Peter Berg-produced "Mile 22." The report has Rousey playing a CIA operative who works with an Indonesian police officer (Uwais) as they battle "violent and extreme" political corruption.

"I’m very excited at the possibility of working with Ronda and Iko to create a film in the spirit of this new wave of combat cinema emerging from Indonesia,” Berg told Variety. "Ronda and Iko will be a very unique and powerful team."

However, it doesn't seem as though everyone in UFC is as thrilled about Rousey's new gig as a Hollywood action star. At least one of her fellow competitors says Rousey is not the kind of champion UFC deserves.

“She did a good thing, that was bringing the UFC the female fights,” undefeated Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia told Yahoo Sports at UFC 184 on Saturday. "She convinced [UFC President Dana White] to do it. But I don't think she's a good champion. I think she's really selfish.

"She just thinks about herself, about making movies, dressing well, showing up. I'm not gonna be like this, I'm gonna be a real champ. I'm gonna do something for the people. I'm gonna be the people's champ."

Tough talk, but it may be that Correia is just positioning herself to be Rousey's next challenger.

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8:27 a.m.: This story originally stated Peter Berg would be the director of "Mile 22." He is the film's producer.

This story was first published at 7:18 a.m.

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