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Inside the Ronda Rousey Porn Parody

Porn icon Joanna Angel and MMA-trained pro sex-haver Derrick Pierce have crafted Ronda ArouseMe, an adult film inspired by the unstoppable UFC fighter.

08.15.15 9:43 AM ET

“There isn’t a single muscle in my body that isn’t for a purpose. Because I am not a do-nothing bitch.”

Ronda Rousey is an outspoken, powerful woman who’s not overly concerned with dolling herself up or coloring inside life’s lines. She’s a quick-witted, unapologetic badass who inspires our nation’s female (and male) youth. Notorious for taking her opponents out in mere seconds, she’s become the most dominant fighter in the world.

The fresh-faced 28-year-old has also caught the eye of Hollywood, kicking butt and taking names in The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and is taking the lead in the upcoming action flick Mile 22, directed by Lone Survivor’s Peter Berg. And if you thought her appeal wasn’t broad enough, the reigning UFC bantamweight champion has also attracted the attention of a certain porn producer. Yes, after seeing one of Rousey’s televised fights, porn icon Joanna Angel was struck with the inspiration for her next film: the Ronda Rousey XXX parody Ronda ArouseMe.

“What woman wouldn’t be a fan of Ronda Rousey? She’s the strongest, most badass woman in the world right now, and she’s really beautiful,” says Angel. Few female fighters are able to manifest feminine energy while exuding max brute force in the ring. The masculinity evoked by UFC fights does little to suppress the charisma emanating from Rousey, who seems to embrace and celebrate her femininity while snapping arms and taking names. Rousey’s a torchbearer who’s revolutionizing what it means to be a female fighter.

In some ways, Joanna Angel can relate. By paving her own path in a male-dominated industry with her company BurningAngel.com, Angel had a hand in reshaping the boundaries of adult content—elevating her alternative niche of inked women into a celebrated genre years before women with tattoos were “in.” Recently, almost by accident, Angel stumbled onto a publicity gold mine with her latest parody, disclosing that it’s “gotten more attention than anything we’ve ever done.” In fact, she’d booked her camera op a month in advance, long before coming up with the idea. Filming the Rousey spoof one day before the pugilist’s championship title defense against Bethe Correia, which lasted a grand total of 34 seconds, was only a coincidence. And perfect timing.

In a recent Reddit AMA, Rousey was asked her thoughts on a porn star calling herself “Ronda ArouseMe,” which is probably as close as anyone will get to asking her opinion on the soon-to-be-released parody of the same name. Rousey, ever the good sport, wrote, “It’s funny I used to hear that in high school sometimes! At least some girl somewhere is paying her bills with it now.”

While porn star Kleio Valentien did not adopt the Ronda ArouseMe name, Rousey may be pleased to know the role is still profitable for the XXX star. Of course, fans will be expecting more than 34 seconds of high-intensity action from Valentien’s character.

There were no casting calls or lines of Rousey look-alike hopefuls auditioning because Joanna Angel prefers to keep things in-house, exhibiting a fierce loyalty to her employees. “This is Burning Angel and I’m going to use a girl that’s part of the Burning Angel family. Other than me, Kleio Valentien is Burning Angel’s main girl, she’s in good shape, she goes to the gym a lot, and Kleio looked a lot like her.”

To prepare for the role, Valentien was treated to a brief MMA lesson by her on-screen partner, adult performer Derrick Pierce. “When Joanna and I were talking, it was like, ‘What would Ronda do?’” says Pierce. “We had to do some armbars because that’s Ronda Rousey’s signature move. I had to keep it relatively easy so the girls could follow the movements, so I just gave them the basic framework.”

With a professional background in mixed martial arts, Pierce may be one of the few adult performers to encounter the real Ronda Rousey. “I’ve known her very causally as an acquaintance. We trained at the same location, she was at the Mixed Martial Arts academy where I was and we rolled together a couple of times,” says Pierce. “Ronda is a genius when it comes to grappling. She was really amazing back then and she’s only gotten better.”

According to Pierce, she exuded confidence long before she was the star she is now. “Ronda is probably one of the smartest fighters I’ve ever come across. She said then that she was going to be where she is now. Before she ever had her first pro or amateur fight, she said, ‘I am going to be in the UFC. I don’t know what it’s going to take to get there, but I’m going to get there,’” says Pierce.

The porn parody, however, she couldn’t have seen coming.