Fertitta: Rousey to film 2 movies, then return for Holm rematch
Ronda Rousey still plans to film two movies in early 2016 before returning to the Octagon for her rematch with Holly Holm, according to UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta.
Fertitta told media members this week that Rousey plans to film the upcoming "Road House" remake as well as "Mile 22" with Mark Wahlberg early next year, but her desire to come back and regain the title she lost in November is stronger than ever.
"I went out to see her in L.A. Had some real good conversations with her. She is, as you would expect, very disappointed," Fertitta said. "Distraught, to some extent. She’s never lost. She never lost a fight in the Octagon. She never lost a fight in the street. She didn’t know what it was like. Right? She is champing to be back in there.
"She made some commitments before the fight to make two movies. So she’s going to do that. Then get back to training in the Octagon."
Fertitta believes Rousey’s return will prove to be the biggest fight in UFC history and if everything works out, she will rematch Holm at UFC 200 in July at the new Las Vegas arena being built by MGM Properties.
The rematch still hasn’t come together, but Fertitta is hopeful that a deal will be done to put Holm vs. Rousey 2 as one of the headline fights on what likely would be the most heavily promoted UFC card of all time.
"It will be the biggest fight in UFC history," Fertitta said. "We certainly believe that as a company. I think the world will be interested in a rematch because it was a huge upset. So many people thought Ronda was just completely invincible. To see her get beat like that was a shock. They want to see if she can come back.
"We’d like to make that fight happen in July at UFC 200. We’re still talking to Holly’s management team to figure out whether that works for them. We should know in the near future."
Fertitta has no doubt that Rousey is 100 percent committed to a rematch with Holm next year despite her budding acting career. She appeared in a trio of films over the past two years and also has committed to a biopic based on the book she co-wrote with her sister titled "My Fight/Your Fight".
"She has options. But let me tell you what. Ronda is the single most competitive person I’ve ever met in my life," Fertitta said. "If you don’t think she isn’t ready right now, she’s plotting her comeback. I don’t think anything can stop her from coming back."