Morning Report: Warner Bros. books Ronda Rousey for two upcoming projects

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC's biggest star might just be getting bigger. According to Variety, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has signed on to two feature films with Warner Bros. Impressed by her performance against Miesha Tate at UFC 168 and from positive word of mouth on the sets of The Expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 7, studio execs believe she could be Hollywood's emerging action star.

Slated to defend her title to Sara McMann Feb. 22 at UFC 170, Rousey will join the cast of Entourage, set to begin shooting in mid-March. The next project could dramatically reshape Rousey's career, set to play the lead role in the film adaptation of The Athena Project. In a film Warner Bros. believes has franchise potential, Rousey would play the leader of a small, all-female squad of Delta Force operators specializing in counter terrorism. Author Brad Thor has apparently hit it off with Rousey, who indicated her interest in the project when asked by the studio about other possible roles. Now in final negotiations with Thor, Warner Bros. reportedly put in a bid for the novel the next day.

While we've seen other combat sports athletes make the move to film with varied success, none have done it as quickly or successfully as Rousey. Not exactly looking to remain in the public eye as an athletic career winds down, Rousey sits at the pinnacle of her sport. Whether or not Rousey can stay there, given her increasingly hectic schedule, is the real question. Either way, UFC president Dana White is all smiles.

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MEDIA STEW

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Bellator Season 10 promo.

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Dan Hardy on Beyond the Octagon.

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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Back to back days with lingerie.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Feb. 6 2014)

Douglas de Andrade vs. Zubair Tuhugov at UFC Fight Night 36

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via HerrDannyboy.

Why 2013 Kicked this MMA Fan's @ss Part 5: May: Lionosaurus "Wrecks" and Clash of the Titans

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Some would argue that a normal human being would come out satiated from April 2013's MMA bonanza. Others would say that they are suffering from MMA fatigue and even complain that Gosh darn-it there's too much MMA.

Not me. Not at this pace. I wanted more.

I don't follow team sports (except if the Habs make it to the playoffs) or individual sports that people play (those are called games and are all on par with Bingo and Tiddly Winks).

Plus, more often than not, I end up disappointed whenever I watch boxing (looking at you Bute vs Pascal), so I need my fight fix.

Hell, I even created a Facebook account and pay for 2 overpriced packages (which should be illegal- Bastards!) just to get Sportsnet and FX to watch the Goddamn UFC prelims fights!

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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