UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has a rare drive to become the best in the world at whatever she does, no matter what that may be.
The first female champion set out at a young age to become the best female judo practitioner on the planet. She fell just short of her goal, winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The Californian transitioned to mixed martial arts, and three years after winning the bronze medal in Beijing, Rousey debuted in the Strikeforce organization after winning her first two professional fights in under a minute.
She’s become a superstar in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and that has opened other doors of opportunity. After she became a household name for her fighting ability, quick wit, infectious smile and intense attitude about competition, Hollywood came calling.
She’s since appeared in The Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7, and will star in upcoming films such as Entourage. Rousey’s a perfectionist, and she plans to become as good at acting as she is at finishing a fight by armbar.
“It’s hard to say,” said Rousey when recently asked how she thought she did in the Expendables 3 feature film. “With acting, I feel like I’m so new that I can’t really say if it was good or bad. I just did the best that I could, and that’s the best that I could do. I know that I have a lot of room to improve. I’m working just as hard at acting as I would anything else.
“I don’t do anything to be okay at it. Everything, I try to do it to be the best in the world at it,” said Rousey. “When I was bartending I wanted to be the best in the world. After I’m done with MMA, my next goal is to become the highest grossing actor in the world.”