Ronda Rousey Broke Rib of 'The Expendables 3' Director with a Punch

Dustin FilloyFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

USA Today

He walked away with an unforgettable story, but The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes found out the hard way that nerves make UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey awfully feisty.

During an interview with earlier this month, Hughes told the story of how Rousey, who played Luna in The Expendables 3, broke one of his ribs before filming a fight scene in the movie, which hit theaters on Aug. 15:

Ronda's first time ever on camera was the scene with Sly at a bar, and she's really super-nervous. I went up and said, "Well, what do you do before a big fight?" And she says, "I like to spar in my room. I get that nervous energy out." And I said, "So you need to hit something? Let’s find something to hit." And she said, "But I want to hit you." She was like, "Put your arms up." And I'm thinking, "Ronda's just going to do this." I put my hands up, and she goes wham! Next day, I was getting dressed and my kids were there at the time (and) my 7-year-old daughter said "What's that?" And I had this huge black mark. I had a broken rib. And I said, "I got beaten up by an actress."

Rousey downplayed the incident to, saying: "He didn't have a broken rib! I didn't hit anything hard."

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It took just a little more than two years after her pro MMA debut for Rousey to land her first major motion picture role (The Expendables 3). Since then, Rousey has scored high-profile gigs in Fast & Furious 7 and Entourage.

Both Fast & Furious 7 and Entourage are in post-production and will be released in 2015.

Rowdy has amassed a 10-0 record since making her pro debut in March 2011. Rousey has finished seven foes with first-round armbars, another with a third-round armbar and has won by first-round KO/TKO in each of her last two bouts. 

Although UFC matchmakers have yet to determine her next opponent, Rousey said she would like to fight on the Jan. 3 card, which includes the light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

In her last bout, Rousey disposed of Alexis Davis with a 16-second KO at UFC 175 in July. For her efforts, Rousey pocketed her second straight "Performance of the Night" bonus.