Ronda Rousey vowed to honor her fallen friend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at UFC 190.
And with a blistering offensive attack, Rousey did just that, finishing Bethe Correia and retaining her bantamweight title in convincing fashion.
Piper, a former pro wrestling standout, gave Rousey permission to use his “Rowdy” nickname. He died in his sleep on Friday.
“We lost a close friend in “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who gave me permission to use his nickname,” Rousey said. “I hope him and my dad enjoyed watching this together.”
Rousey’s father committed suicide early in her life, and Correia made a remark about the champion doing the same in the build-up to their fight. The battle, though, didn’t last long, as the former Olympic bronze medalist in judo showed off her ever-improving hands with a barrage.
“That’s kind of how I expected it,” Rousey said. “I don’t think anybody can say anything about my hands anymore. And I hope this is the last time they say anything about my family.”
Each of Rousey’s last three opponents have failed to make it past the minute mark, though Correia did top the combined time of Cat Zingano and Alexis Davis.
Next up for Rousey is likely a third meeting with Miesha Tate, who is coming off a victory over Jessica Eye recently. Rousey has scored armbar finishes over Tate, though she did take her to the third round in the second encounter.