On November 15, 2015, Rousey stepped into the Octagon for the last time. She was expected to defend her title for the seventh time. Instead, she got knocked out by Holly Holm at 57 seconds of the second round.
The devastating loss send Rousey to a self-imposed media blackout. While she was absent, everybody looked for answers to her defeat. Fingers were pointed at her controversial coach, her alleged domestic-abusing boyfriend and her newly found film career.
After all, a month before the Holm fight, she had been cast in the remake of the 1989 cult classic “Road House”. She was to have the role made famous by Patrick Swayze. The movie would be her first starring role. Until that point she had only had small roles in “Entourage,” “Furious 7,” and “The Expendables 3”.
Rousey was making a name for herself in Hollywood and not just acting. Two months after the Holm fight, she hosted “Saturday Night Live.” A month later she appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition wearing nothing but body paint. Finally, she did an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, where she revealed she had suicidal thoughts after losing for the first time in her MMA career.
Ronda kept herself busy outside the Octagon for the following months but she refused to talk to the media. Rumors about her return were constant but she never addressed any of them. Instead, UFC president Dana White came out to say the plan was to fight Holm in a rematch at UFC 200 in July. That fell apart because Rousey asked for time off to film “Road House.”
Then it was hoped she’d make it back by the end of 2016. When the UFC announced its first event in NYC, everyone thought Rousey would be on the card. However her only appearance in NYC was for a face off with Amanda Nunes, who she will fight at UFC 207 in December.
What about her acting career?
In 2015, she got “Road House” and the lead role in “Mile 22″. An action movie to which Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg were both attached.
Sadly for Rousey, both of those films fell apart in 2016. “Mile 22” is now on pause after the studio had doubts about her acting abilities, according to the New Yorker. And “Road House” has been pushed back until May at the earliest so that director Nick Cassavettes can write the script.