Piper, who headlined the first-ever WrestleMania in a tag-team match alongside Paul Orndoff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, died aged 61 yesterday from a cardiac arrest.
UFC bantamweight champion and huge wrestling fan Rousey became friends with Piper after he gave her his blessing to use his nickname. She appeared on Piper's podcast recently.
Rousey posted the following on Instagram after the news of Piper’s passing, with the caption: "Thank you for the name…. And so much more…. Will do it justice and do you proud tomorrow…. This one’s for you Roddy…."
The undefeated Rousey heads into tonight's grudge match an overwhelming favourite, Correia will have the home fans behind her with UFC 190 taking place in the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.Reuse content