“Lights, camera, action!” never sounded more accurate.
Movie icon and fictional boxing hero Sylvester Stallone tweeted Tuesday that two new Latino combat sports athletes are to appear in the third installment of his “Expendables” franchise: the UFC’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former boxing champion Victor Ortiz.
“Ronda Rousey will show championship form in Expendables 3! So will multi [champion Victor Ortiz!,” Stallone tweeted.
Rousey won’t be the first MMA star to appear in an "Expendables" film. UFC legend Randy Couture, a current coach on Spike TV’s “Fight Master,” is a main cast Expendable and will most likely appear in the third film.
Rousey, now a mainstream sensation, just finished filming "The Ultimate Fighter" opposite Miesha Tate which culminates in a fight on this upcoming December’s UFC 168 card as the co-main event before the much anticipated Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch.
This isn’t the first time that “Rowdy,” as she’s known, has flirted with the silver screen.
In February it was reported that Rousey was offered a role in “The Hunger Games” sequel.
Her boss, UFC president Dana White – who’s had some issues with stars taking on acting roles in the past – made it clear then that while he was happy for Rousey, he’d prefer she concentrate on fighting.
“I don't want to take away any opportunities from Ronda, but at the same time, her window of opportunity as a professional athlete is really narrow,” White said on “UFC Tonight” in February.
“She could make a zillion movies when she retires. Where she's really going to get the money is here fighting,” he added.
Rousey isn’t the first attractive female MMA star to make a move toward cinema.
Gina Carano put her MMA career on hold to pursue acting, starring as the lead in the star-studded Steven Soderbergh flop “Haywire” and appearing in this year's “Furious 6.”
As for Ortiz, his career seems to be moving away from the sport of boxing since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2011 — where he put his guard down and paid for it.
Earlier this year he appeared on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” 16th season.