On Friday, the world lost WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who passed away at age 61. On Saturday, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Both before and after the fight, Rousey paid tribute to the WWE legend, who graciously gave her permission to use his nickname.
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Before the fight, Rousey posted to Instagram, “Thank you for the name.... And so much more.... Will do it justice and do you proud tomorrow.... This one's for you Roddy....”
After the fight, Rousey said, “I just want to say that we lost a really close friend, Rowdy Roddy Piper, who gave me permission to use his name as a fighter. And so I hope him and my dad had a good time watching this today.”