Ronda Rousey to Star in Reboot of ‘Road House’

10 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Road House remake on its way with Ronda Rousey replacing Patrick Swayze.

Ronda Rousey, the undisputed bantamweight champion of the world, will headline a list of stars for the UFC 193 press conference at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday which is open to the public. The mixed martial artist-turned-actress has landed one of her biggest roles yet as the lead in a reboot of Patrick Swayze’s cult 1989 hit Road House. It will be the first time that Rousey, who is undefeated in her MMA career, will visit the stadium that is expected to break all UFC attendance records on November 15. In the original film, Swayze starred as a bouncer with a philosophy degree who’s hired to clean up one of the rowdiest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce.

She will again come face to face with her opponent, former WBA and WBF boxing champion Holly Holm, on the hallowed turf ahead of the historic pay-per-view event. UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejcyk and No. 10-ranked challenger Valerie Letourneau will also be on hand to promote the dual championship card. But with Jurassic World dominating the global box office and Star Wars threatening to compete come Christmas, there’s no end to this craze in sight.

UFC president Dana White and Tom Wright, the company’s executive vice president and general manager for Canada, Australia and New Zealand, will also make the trip down under. And while No. 2 ranked American Miesha Tate loomed as Rousey’s next real challenge, Holm’s world-class boxing credentials make her the toughest test of the champion’s career.

A former Muay Thai champion, Jedrzejczyk’s elite technical striking was on full display as she battered top contender Jessica Penne in June to net her first successful belt defence. The fighter’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last year with an astonishing 16-second win, a no-holds-barred approach to red carpet interviews, and a viral feminist speech that was quickly adopted by none other than Beyoncé all leading Hollywood to hope they might have another Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on their hands. And though Rousey has popped up briefly in a few films including The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage, all of those appearances were essentially fight scenes and there’s no proof, yet, that the abundant charisma Rousey exudes in interviews will translate on the big screen. She’ll be part of an all-female Delta Force team in The Athena Project, appear alongside Mark Wahlberg in Mile 22, and star as herself in a biopic based on her bestselling autobiography My Fight/Your Fight.

Fans can register for priority seating and the chance to walk through the UFC Octagon at Wednesday’s open press conference here: UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event on Monday, September 14 at 10am AEST and ending Tuesday, September 15, via the website and are limited to six per person. When you add Emilia Clarke’s tough-as-nails Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genysis and the ladies rocking Paul Fieg’s the Ghostbusters reboot, we officially have a trend.

Ronda Rousey’s Road House won’t start filming until 2016, in the meantime you can either bust out that old VHS copy of the Swayze original, take a gamble on the straight-to-video 2006 sequel, Road House 2: Last Call, or start dreaming of Rousey sporting a Swayze mullet. The UFC VIP Experience packages together your tickets with behind-the-scenes access to the official weigh-ins, meet and greet and autograph signings with top UFC stars, Q & A sessions, and photo opportunities, access to an in-arena VIP hospitality room, a chance to hold the championship belt inside the Octagon® and more.

PT on UFC.TV, IN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, in Canada on Bell TV, Shaw, Sasktel, Rogers and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High-Definition, in Australia on Main Event and in New Zealand on SKY.

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