UFC president Dana White is skeptical of bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s plan to retire from MMA in two years.
When asked by reporters at Thursday’s UFC Fight Night press conference about Rousey’s plan, White said simply, “There’s no way in hell.”
Rousey was recently cast in The Expendables 3, and is in talks to join Fast and Furious 7. White, who has already seen several fighters pursue movie careers, said he isn’t worried that Rousey will be lured into the film industry. Former light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson, who recently signed with Bellator, made a foray into acting for The A-Team in 2010. When he complained that the UFC wasn’t treating him right, White emphasized how little money he made as an actor versus what he made as a fighter.
“Since 2007, Rampage has made $15 million with the UFC. Ask him how much he made from the A-Team when I let him go film it,” White said.
White expressed a similar sentiment about Rousey’s budding film career.
“I don’t care what Hollywood offers, they’re ain’t paying what we’re paying,” he said. “These guys, when they go out and make a movie, they’re not paying what we are.”
Rousey went on a Twitter rant last week when critics questioned her retirement plan. She said two to three years was her best guess, and that it “could be tomorrow or in 7 years.” She also said that only she’ll know when it’s time to stop fighting.
White advised Rousey to stay away from social media if she can’t handle criticism.
“If you want to be on Twitter, get ready. Put your big-girl boots on. Get ready, because s*** coming at you. Any time you’re in the public, with social media, and the internet or anywhere else, people are going to say stupid s*** to you,” White said. “No matter what, it’s going to happen. You can’t snap and flip out on everybody any time they do. She’ll learn that, she’s still young.”
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