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Retired adult-film star Lisa Ann admires the UFC women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, making a point to talk about "Rowdy" on her weeky appearance on Mad Dog Radio's "Morning Men" on SiriusXM.

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After knocking out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 190 on Saturday night (Aug. 1, 2015) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ronda Rousey's popularity has soared to even greater heights than the mountain it had previously stood upon.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight champion was the popular topic of conversation all weekend. And the post-fight buzz was nowhere close to wearing off come Monday morning (August 3, 2015). From insane website traffic, to celebrity tweets and Facebook posts, as well as water cooler gossip at the office, every one wanted to discuss the undefeated champ, who sent her opponent face first to the canvas with one punch and told her "don't cry" afterward.

Sidebar: I also work at WJR 760 AM, a non-sports talk station in Detroit, and about five people stopped me Monday morning just to talk about Rousey.

Among the many radio personalities who wanted to discuss Rousey was retired adult-film star, Lisa Ann.

Ann, 43 -- who hosts "Lisa Ann Does Fantasy Football" on SiriusXM -- was making her weekly appearance on Mad Dog Sport Radio/Channel 85's "Morning Men" with co-hosts Evan Cohen and Mike Babchick and made a point to bring up Rousey.

"The only other thing I'd like to talk about in sports is Ronda Rousey," Ann said. "She's impressive."

Rousey (12-0) has been far and above her competition, winning her last three fights in 64 seconds combined. In addition, she has finished all 12 of her opponents while defending the 135-pound women's title six times in a row. Kenny Florian told MMAMania prior to UFC 190 that he thinks Rousey is 30 years ahead of her time.

Ann shares the same sentiments.

"She's a beast, but I don't know if the level is the same at all," she said. "There is not a lot of competition yet. She's 20 years early. I think in future times young girls will be training for this."

"They will look at her and want to be her," Babchick chimed in. "You're right. Good way of looking at it.

Now, "Morning Men" and Ann may be outside the mixed martial arts (MMA) bubble, but they were well aware of the long coveted match up between Rousey and Invicta Featherweight champion, Cristiane Justino.

"There still is that fight that everybody wants. She has to fight 'The Cyborg,' Cohen said, unaware there isn't a 'the' in Justino's nickname. "Ok. She has to fight 'The Cyborg.' Once you get that fight, then you got something.'"

"I read about this. Isn't 'The Cyborg' heavier and she has to lose weight to weigh in?" Ann added before the conversation moved on to a new topic.

That's correct, if the fight were to happen at Bantamweight, which is the preference of both Rousey and UFC President Dana White. Although, many think the fight should happen at a catchweight of 140 pounds, on top of other layers of debate involving the highly coveted match up.

But, not too shabby for an all-sports show that doesn't usually doesn't cover MMA and a retired adult film star. And this was just one of countless Rousey-inspired discussions that took place all across the United States -- and beyond -- after her latest brilliant performance.

Indeed, Rousey continues to transcend the sport and take it to more and more interesting places outside the MMA hemisphere. Even if only for a few seconds, she is still helping the sport grow in considerable fashion than anyone has ever done before.