Ronda Rousey recently had to thrash Michelle Rodriguez in Furious 7, and the two women went at it in fancy gowns and high heels, which obviously added an extra layer of difficulty to the fight choreography. Rousey recently spoke about filming the scene, saying it was just as hardcore as what the men did in the movie, and they didn’t even have to deal with stilettos.
“Heels, designer dresses, marble floors…It was the most intense and painful fight that any of the guys could possibly have. If any of those guys did what they did in heels I would’ve been extra impressed,” Rousey told E! News.
The actress and UFC fighter said she dealt with nerves on the set because she wanted everyone to like her, but that likely wasn’t an issue; she says there’s a good chance her character will return for more films in the franchise, and fans are already asking about a Furious 8. Star Ludacris says that’s not out of the realm of possibility.
“There have been talks about a sequel but nothing has been confirmed in terms of Furious 8, but I really feel like we need to let the fans decide whether there’s going to be a Furious 8 and we’ll work it from there. Right now we kind of need a moment of silence to reflect on this individual who started the franchise. So rest in peace, Paul Walker.”
Rousey said last year that she plans on retiring from the ring undefeated, which looks to be a distinct possibility, and while her MMA fighting career soars, so does her other one. Ronda received mostly glowing reviews for her turn in Furious 7 and The Expendables 3, and is set to make an appearance in the big screen version of Entourage, which premieres in June.
Despite her success–or perhaps because of it–Rousey has been on the receiving end of quite a bit of criticism from other women in the UFC, particularly her rival Miesha Tate. Tate said last year that she felt Rousey got a lot of attention because of her looks, especially when UFC president Dana White announced he was thinking about scheduling a comeback fight for Gina Carano and that her first fight since 2009 would be against Ronda Rousey.
“The only thing that drives that is they’re both attractive. It makes the women’s title hold no value. It makes it look like it’s a joke and they just put whatever’s going to sell. If we’re going to really legitimize women’s MMA as a sport and have it respected as a sport, then you have to treat it as such….women’s MMA has been working to legitimize ourselves for so long, and we finally broke the ice, we’re finally in the UFC, and we’re getting some credibility. Don’t take that away by putting a fight together that is based entirely on looks and has little to nothing to do with skill set,” Tate said.