Ronda Rousey dedicates UFC 190 fight to hero Roddy Piper
UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is all set to take on world no.7 Bethe Correia on Saturday night at the event UFC 190. But before her fight, tragedy struck the wrestling world as WWE Hall of Famer and her hero Roddy Rowdy Piper passed away on Thursday night.
Ronda has been an avid wrestling fan since forever as she has constantly mentioned in her interviews. The winner of ESPN’s best fighter of the year award played out a major angle at Wrestlemania 31 this year where she teamed up with The Rock to send Triple H and Stephanie packing out of the ring.
From then on, she has stated that she would love to get back to the WWE ring one day again. Ronda's biggest inspiration has been Roddy Piper and ahead of her fight against Bethe, she has dedicated it to one of her real life heroes.
Rousey's mentor is "Judo" Gene Lebell, who trained Piper when he was a teenager. Lebell gave Rousey the "Rowdy" nickname years ago but she called Piper personally to ask for permission and he granted it.
Here’s the full podcast segment between Piper and Rousey