“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey says she’ll be dedicating her UFC 190 main event title fight to the man who handed over his nickname to her.
Professional wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away at the age of 61 Friday evening in his Hollywood home, TMZ reported.
Like many of the people emotionally affected by Piper’s passing, Rousey took to social media to pay respect in what little way she could halfway across the world preparing for her latest title defense.
Often seen celebrating her victories inside of the cage, Rousey’s mentor Gene Lebell bestowed the nickname upon her during her MMA career. Gracious enough in recognizing the sort of talent Rousey yielded, Piper—who was also trained by Lebell in judo—gave Rousey his blessing to carry on the “Rowdy” legacy.
Piper was elected into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, after playing a primary role in the industry’s boom during the 1980s and early 90s.
Rousey’s set to defend her crown against undefeated, fifth-ranked challenger Bethe Correia at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It’s Rousey’s first professional MMA bout in Brazil, against a Brazilian fighter, no less.