Ronda Rousey’s UFC future looks in increasing doubt after the 30-year-old landed a guest spot on a major US drama series in a move that will take her further away from a return to the Octagon.
Speculation has been rife that Rousey will walk away from UFC to pursue an acting career following her shock defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 back in December in a bout that was supposed to mark her comeback to the sport.
Those rumours only look likely to increase in the wake of the news that Rousey will appear in the hit US show Blindspot.
The series, which centres around a mysterious woman with amnesia who’s tattoos offer clues to the FBI on an ongoing case, is in it’s second season in the US where it has garnered favourable comparisons with the hit series Prison Break.
Rousey will play Devon Penberthy, a character described as “a female prison inmate who grew up in a working class family from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and is serving time for transporting weapons across state lines” in an official statement.
“She is tough, athletic woman who knows how to fight and handle a weapon,” the description adds.
The part represents Rousey’s first major role on TV, having previously cameoed in films like Entourage, The Expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 6.
The move into television comes as Rousey looks to capitalise on the star power she previously generated during her unbeaten run in UFC, something which has been on the wane since she suffered back-to-back defeats in the sport.
Rousey had previously been lined up to star in a remake of Roadhouse, but the project was put on hold after her first defeat to Holly Holm back in November 2015.
A stint on Blindspot could yet mean an end to Rousey’s time in UFC altogether.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.