It remains unclear if Ronda Rousey will resume her MMA career, but she is keeping her hand in acting. The former UFC champion has nabbed a role in an upcoming episode of the NBC drama “Blindspot.”
“Rousey will be playing Devon Penberthy: 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,” the network said in a news release Tuesday. “She is a tough, athletic woman who knows how to fight and handle a weapon.”
That sounds like a role well-suited for Rousey, who can certainly bring athleticism to the part and has long projected a tough image, although that persona has taken a literal and figurative beating of late. The 30-year-old was undefeated until getting knocked out in her past two fights, most recently going down in just 48 seconds under a flurry of punches from Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December.
Rousey had little to say to the press before that fight and has been even more quiet since, issuing a statement shortly after her defeat saying that she needed to “take some time to reflect and think about the future.” She hasn’t even been very active on social media, making just three posts to Instagram since UFC 207, including one that bore the message, “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
Offering a little more insight has been UFC President Dana White, who is close with Rousey and said in November that “she’s probably done” with MMA. In November, White said, “You get to a point, especially in this business, when you have to start looking at things, and she loves acting. She loves acting, she’s good at it, and if she dedicates herself to it, she’ll be even better at it.”
Rousey has had roles in films such as “Entourage,” “Furious 7″ and “The Expendables 3,” but more recent film projects, including a reported star turn in a remake of “Road House,” have stalled. She appeared in a nonspeaking part last year on Comedy Central’s “Drunk History.”
“Blindspot” concerns a woman whose memory has been erased but whose body is covered in tattoos that the FBI hopes can it lead it to . . . well, something. Rousey is surely hoping her episode, which is set to air in early May, helps lead to other things, as well.