As if it wasn't enough to dominate in the octagon, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey will be taking her fighting skills to the big screen to play a notoriously tough bouncer. Rousey will fight off rowdy customers in MGM's remake of the 1989 classic "Road House."
According to Variety, Rousey will take the role Patrick Swayze played in the original film. Sources told Variety that Rousey wanted to be respectful about approaching the project and reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing to star in the film. Niemi is reported to have given her the blessing.
The 28-year-old athlete took to Twitter on Wednesday to comment about what an honor it will be for her to play a role that Swayze made famous. "I couldn't be more grateful to have this opportunity to pay respect to the beloved Patrick Swayze... I promise to work incessantly to make sure this project is a tribute to his family and fans can be proud of," she said.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) September 9, 2015
The 1989 film starred Swayze as Dalton, a bouncer who's hired to clean up a road side bar in Missouri and later has to defend the town from a corrupt businessman. The film became a hit for its violent fight scenes, including one where Swayze's character rips a man's throat out before kicking him into a lake. The movie has also been brought up in shows like "Family Guy" and "Parks and Recreation."
Rousey has appeared in two movies so far this year, "Furious 7," and "Entourage." "Road House" will be the fourth project she has in the works, according to Variety. The fighter is set to star in a biopic about herself called “My Fight/Your Fight,” a Warner Bros. film called “The Athena Project” and an action movie called “Mile 22.”
Production on "Road House" is expected to begin in 2016. The next fight for Rousey will take place at UFC 193 on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She will defend her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title against undefeated Holly Holm.