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‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper says UFC would be 'lucky' to have Ronda Rousey as face of organization

Is Ronda Rousey the face of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)? Former WWE star and MMA fan “Rowdy” Roddy Piper says they should be so lucky.

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Ronda Rousey has undoubtedly moved mountains when it comes to putting women's mixed martial arts (MMA) on the map, but is she the new face of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)?

Longtime professional wrestler and WWE superstar "Rowdy" Roddy Piper seems to think she is well on her way.

Piper -- who says he was asked by Rousey if she could use the moniker he made famous through his years spent as a WWE star -- declared that Ronda has both the looks and skills to carry the world's best MMA promotion on her back during a recent interview on "The MMA Hour."

He breaks it down:

"I don't know what Dana White is thinking, but I don't think a smarter thing could happen with the UFC. Even if it's happening because serendipity or Ronda is just coming up at the right time, but for UFC to almost have Ronda as the face of UFC, shows how the world is changing and how things are catching up all the way around. And I think he would be proud to have something as pretty as Ronda as the face of UFC. I know there's a lot of alpha and testosterone, I'm in the same business, but when you got someone as qualified as Ronda, I think that would be great."

Indeed, Rousey made history by becoming the first woman to ink a deal with the Zuffa-owned MMA promotion and went on to officially become the first-ever women's bantamweight champ by defeating Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 earlier this year.

Since then, Ronda has garnered media attention the likes of which would make Brock Lesnar jealous.

In fact, her star got so bright that even Hollywood took notice, as "Rowdy" earned supporting roles in the upcoming blockbuster films "The Expendables 3" and "Fast and Furious 7."

And as far Rousey's recent prediction that she could possibly be fighting inside a cage for only two more years, Piper, for one, applauds her for having other goals and recommends other people do the same and explore different passions as opposed to getting tied down to being a "lifer" to just one thing, much like Piper feels he did.

For now, Rousey enjoys her position as the face of women's MMA as she prepares to defend her 135-pound title for the second time when she faces Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 rival coach Miesha Tate in the co-main event at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.

But, can she top other champions such as Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre as the face of UFC?

If she hasn't already, that is.

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