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Rousey pays homage to 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper following win

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 31: UFC Strawweight Champion Ronda Rousey of the United States poses for photographers during the UFC 190 Rousey v Correia weigh-in at HSBC Arena on July 31, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images), LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: Actor/wrestler Roddy Piper attends Los Angeles' Days Of The Dead Convention Day Two held at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 31: UFC Strawweight Champion Ronda Rousey of the United States poses for photographers during the UFC 190 Rousey v Correia weigh-in at HSBC Arena on July 31, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images), LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: Actor/wrestler Roddy Piper attends Los Angeles' Days Of The Dead Convention Day Two held at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Ronda Rousey was already ultra-motivated going into Saturday's UFC 190 main event against Bethe Correia, but losing her close friend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper just 24 hours out from her title defense only raised the stakes.

Piper grew up under the tutelage of Gene LeBell -- the same coach who helped discover Rousey when she was rising up the ranks in Judo competitions.

Years later when Rousey was about to make her push into mixed martial arts, LeBell asked his old friend Piper if she could use his "Rowdy" nickname inside the cage.

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Piper gave his blessing and "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey was born.

Following her 34-second knockout over Correia on Saturday night, Rousey wasted no time paying homage to her fallen friend.

"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," Rousey said.

Rousey certainly lived up to her nickname on Saturday night with another lightning-fast finish, moving her record to 12-0 overall with her past four fights ending in just 130 seconds total.