Jonathan: When you see pictures of Ronda Rousey these days, it's rarely in the company of fighters or sweating her way through another grueling workout in the gym. Instead, she's smiling, relaxed in the company of her fellow celebrities.
Almost, dare I say it, happy?
Rousey has spent 2014 preparing for the rest of her life. So, while she'll enter the cage at UFC 175 a huge favorite against Alexis Davis, her heart may be split between two dramatically different worlds. There's the gritty and, frankly, awful life of a fighter and the glamorous existence of a Hollywood actress.
Assuming she's really a standout in her film cameos, it doesn't seem like it's much of a choice at all. Why work out multiple times a day, sacrificing long-term health and well-being in a sport you own, when you can hang out at craft services and exchange texts with Sly Stallone?
Rousey says she'll take some time off after this bout, but this separation may end up being a divorce. If her movies make it big, this could be it for her and MMA.
Chad: Anybody who can make as much or more money in a career that doesn't involve copious brain-punching and weight-cutting should absolutely take advantage of it. If Ronda Jean Rousey is going to get that opportunity, she should run, not walk, out the door before somebody makes her sign away lifetime rights to her image so they can put her in a video game.
I have one question, though. Has anybody actually seen Rousey act? I, myself, have not, so I have no idea if this talk of her as a capital letters Hollywood Celebrity is just pie-in-the-sky dreaming. We had pretty much the same discussions about Rampage Jackson before he made The A-Team, but then Hollywood seemed to realize en masse that Jackson was craaaaazy, and where is he today?
Oh, right. He's probably getting ready for that big fight against Kimbo Slice.
Look, if Rousey becomes a worldwide movie star, nobody will be happier about it than me. But the truth is, that stuff is hard, man. A lot of people try it, and a lot of people fail. While Rousey has probably never failed at anything in her life—and it feels dumb to doubt her—I also won't be surprised if she's still hanging around the Octagon this time next year or the next.