UFC women’s champ Ronda Rousey was hoping to make a strong impression on Hollywood with a major motion picture debut in The Expendables 3. But, she did more than that, according to the film’s director Patrick Hughes, who said she broke one of his ribs with a punch.
In a recent interview with Fox Sports, the director said he was trying to make her feel at ease during her first scene, because she was nervous, and playfully sparred with her on set… and apparently, got hurt in the process.
“I remember the first thing we shot with Ronda, I actually got beaten up,” Hughes said. “Ronda’s first time ever on camera was the scene with Sly [Sylvester Stallione] at a bar, and she’s really super-nervous. I went up and said, ‘Well, what do you do before a big fight? And she says, ‘I like to spar in my room. I get that nervous energy out.’ And I said, ‘So you need to hit something? Let’s find something to hit.’ And she said, ‘But I want to hit you.’ ”
Rousey did, telling him to put his hands up, before popping him with a body shot.
“She was like, ‘Put your arms up.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Ronda’s just going to do this,'” Hughes recounted. “I put my hands up, and she goes wham! Next day, I was getting dressed and my kids were there at the time – my 7-year-old daughter said ‘What’s that?’ And I had this huge black mark. I had a broken rib. And I said, ‘I got beaten up by an actress.’ ”
Rousey, however, said she didn’t him Hughes hard enough to break anything. “He didn’t have a broken rib! I didn’t hit anything hard,” she maintained.