Ronda Rousey Takes a Big Step Away From MMA With a Gritty Role on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

The rowdy one’s switch to B-movie martial arts queen may be complete.

After her embarrassing defeat by Amanda Nunes in UFC 207, even Dana White said he thought Ronda Rousey was “probably done.” With some new career moves, Rousey is making it pretty clear without saying anything directly that White’s assessment was likely correct.

Rolling Stone reports that Rousey is dipping her toe a little deeper than she already has into the show business game:

One of those avenues is acting. As Rousey told ESPN in 2014, she has dreams of being the “highest-grossing actor in the world someday.” She followed that up with appearances on Entourage and Furious 7 in 2015, as well as an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History in 2016. And now, after taking a short break from acting, she’s scored a guest role on NBC’s Blindspot as a prison inmate, which is scheduled to air sometime in May. 

The former UFC superstar’s inmate role will reportedly be someone who “is serving time for transporting weapons across state lines” and—of course—”is a tough, athletic woman who knows how to fight and handle a weapon.”

Rousey has already done movie work. While her stunt fighting was thrilling, her line readings were a little stiff.

Still, she proved a surprisingly versatile player when she hosted Saturday Night Live, so it seems like she’s been working on her acting game. 

We’re pretty sure we’ll end up seeing more of Ronda than ever before. She’ll still be kicking ass, but this time only in fiction.

h/t Rolling Stone, Bloody Elbow