Dana White happy for Ronda Rousey becoming a movie star

BY Damon Martin • February 5, 2016

Ronda Rousey certainly had a lot on her plate leading up to the fight at UFC 193 against Holly Holm, and she's even busier since then with movie roles seemingly piling up by the day.

Some have questioned if Rousey's budding acting career has gotten in the way of her preparation for fights, but UFC president Dana White says her mistakes against Holm had nothing to do with distractions leading into the bout.

Instead, White says it was a matter of strategy and he actually has no problem with her pursuit of a second career in Hollywood.

"The fight with Holly Holm, she went in and tried to box a boxer. She should have really relied on her judo and should have gone in and took her to the ground," White told “The Grant and Danny Show” this week

"In all sports you have a short window of opportunity to make money and do great things and accomplish things. If somebody becomes a celebrity and Ronda can go become a movie star, nobody's happier for her than me. I'm all about it."

White not only supports Rousey in her endeavors to add acting to her growing resume, but he's thrilled to see that she's doing so well.

Rousey most recently headlined "Saturday Night Live," which garnered great ratings and reviews for her performance, and she's about to film the upcoming "Road House" remake, where she takes over the part originally played by Patrick Swayze.

Add to that another film with Mark Wahlberg and Rousey just recently signed on to start in a new project alongside Tina Fey as well.

White is a big fan of Rousey inside and outside the Octagon and couldn't be prouder to see her doing great things in her career even if she's not fighting right now.

"She's killing it and she's back. That aura of invincibility that was there that was lost that night, it's almost like it made her even bigger," White said. "She just did ‘Saturday Night Live,’ killed it. You know how hard it is to go on live TV and do comedy with comedians? She did a great job. It was the second-highest rated show of the season for them, right behind Donald Trump. So she's doing great."

As far as he return to action, White has previously stated that he's looking at November for Rousey to potentially come back and face the winner of the upcoming UFC 196 co-main event between Holm and Miesha Tate.

For now, Rousey is enjoying some much deserved time off and White has no problem giving it to her before she returns to the Octagon later this year.

"She's going to come back in the fall," White said. "She's got a lot of commitments right now and if there's anybody who deserves some time off it's that woman."