Morning Report: Ronda Rousey working to become 'the female Rock'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Prior to her blistering 16-second TKO win over Alexis Davis at UFC 175, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to lay out her plan on becoming a true female action star.

"I never thought that being an action movie star was in the cards for me," said Rousey. "My agent, [WME's] Brad Slater, kept telling me, "You're going to be the female Rock." Then I started to believe it could be a reality. I don't half-ass anything. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it to be the best in the world at it. A lot of actresses appear in action movies, but there aren't any female action stars. I love Angelina Jolie, but ... it's about believability for me. Milla Jovovich is one of my favorite actresses -- The Fifth Element really opened my eyes, and the Resident Evil franchise was amazing. So definitely a mix of Milla Jovovich and The Rock is what I'm going for. People love chick fights. They love tough, empowered women. And there is a demand. People just don't know it."

With roles in Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7 and Entourage, Rousey could be on a collision course with another fighter turned actress. UFC president Dana White has made it clear he intends on bringing former star Gina Carano back into the fight game to book the biggest women's MMA bout in history against Rousey.

Rousey underwent a knee scope Tuesday, but also suffered a broken a thumb in her bout on Jul. 5 against Davis. According to Rousey, neither injury would hinder a year-end bout with Carano if the fight could be booked.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

2 for 1. Donald Cerrone scores a pair of knockouts against Jim Miller Wednesday night.

Better hurry. Conor McGregor predicts he'll be the UFC featherweight champion by the end of 2014.

Big deal. Ronda Rousey wins the ESPY award for the year's Best Female Athlete.

Sorry. John Lineker's win won't sneak him into a UFC flyweight title bout with Demetrious Johnson.

P4P. Dana White says if Ronda Rousey were male the media would rank her No. 1 pound-for-pound in the world.

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MEDIA STEW

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Highlights from Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller.

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Fight Night Dublin: Media Day Press Conference Highlights. Audio is garbage so plug in headphones. (full presser here)

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Ronda takes the ESPY.

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Heated Dublin stare downs.

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McGregor's open workout.

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TTTHS.

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Long watches.

UFC Fight Night 45 post-fight press conference video

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Press Row with Jordan Breen and Deadspin contributor Josh Tucker.

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TWEETS

Make sure to check out our Pros React piece for instant reaction from UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller.

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Book it.

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ESPY's.

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Back in camp.

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Get well soon.

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Who was asking for it?

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25?

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Eh?

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War.

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Mild interest.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jul. 16 2014)

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Josh Burns vs. Bobby Lashley at Bellator 123

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Davis8185.

Are the Diaz Brothers cries falling on deaf ears?

One of the biggest issues in MMA is fighter pay. We will hear fighters here and there complain about their pay. Two of the main catalysts that keeps talking about this issue are the Diaz Brothers Nick and Nate. Both Diaz brothers are not on some crusade trying to fix fighter pay for everyone else, they are only trying to fix fighter pay when it comes to themselves.

The Diaz brothers are objecting their dislike of their current salary by doing the only thing they can do, which is go on strike and stop fighting. Nate Diaz hasn't fought since November 30, 2013 when he knocked out Gray Maynard. Nick Diaz hasn't fought since March 16, 2013 when he lost a decision to GSP. Nick has been rumored to be the opponent for Anderson Silva when he returns but as of right now, there is nothing concrete.

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