Watch Ronda Rousey Dedicate UFC 190 Victory To Roddy Piper
UFC champ Ronda Rousey dedicated her win on Saturday night over Bethe Correia to late wrestling legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, who inspired the MMA standout to take on the 'Rowdy' nickname.
Speaking after her 34-second knockout victory, the 28-year-old emotionally told the crowd in Brazil she hoped 'Hot Rod' and her dad would be watching her battle in the Octagon in spirit.
She said: “I just want to say we lost a really close friend, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, who gave me permission to use his name as a fighter.
“So I hope him and my dad had a good time watching this today.”
Both Rousey and Piper, who passed away from a heart attack in his sleep, shared a mentor - legendary in wrestling circles - in 'Judo' Gene LeBell. LeBell had a hand in training Piper and can often be seen in Rousey's corner when she competes.
Revealing the level of her bond with Piper, Rousey added: "We found out [about Piper's death] last night on the way back from the weigh-ins.
"I actually got a chance to sit down and talk to him for a couple of hours before this fight. I didn't have time for anything and I was like 'I have to go see Roddy, I have to go to Piper's pit' and we talked for hours."