She promised something special.
UFC bantamweight champion and super pro wrestling fan Ronda Rousey doesn't need a whole lot of motivation when she steps into the Octagon. But when Bethe Correia alluded to her father, who committed suicide when she was young, by saying that Rousey would want to kill herself after Correia beat her, that was strike one for the brash Brazilian.
When Ronda's wrestling hero, friend and the man from whom she took her nickname, Roddy Piper, passed away yesterday, it was game over.
Well, it was probably game over when she signed up to fight Rousey, who has become the most dominant figure in combat sports since Mike Tyson's 1980s hey day.
Thirty-four seconds after the opening bell, Rousey knocked out Correia with a devastating right hand, the last of a series of lightning quick strikes the Judo practicioner landed.
Afterwards, she told Joe Rogan that she lost a friend when Piper died, and she hoped he and her father enjoyed the fight.
I just want to say, we lost a really close friend, Rowdy Roddy Piper, who gave his permission to use his name as a fighter...I hope him and my dad had a good time watching this today.
Touching speech by the champ following another AMAZING performance! #UFC190 @RondaRousey http://t.co/90dp79lU7S— #UFC190 (@ufc) August 2, 2015
To paraphrase what Geno said on Twitter - just when her competitors and the audience thought we knew the answer in the form of another armbar submission, Rowdy Ronda Rousey changed the question and knocked somebody out.
I'm sure Hot Rod loved it, champ.