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Atlanta Falcons head coach used Ronda Rousey knockout over Bethe Correia to motivate NFL team

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Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

The Ronda Rousey effect continues its stranglehold on the sports world.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion is now omnipresent after dispatching of her latest opponent, Bethe Correia, at the UFC 190 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Sat. night (Aug. 1, 2015) in just 34 seconds.

Watch the replay here.

Late night host Jimmy Fallon mentioned Rousey in his opening monologue on The Tonight Show. Paramount Pictures purchased the rights to her autobiography "My Fight/Your Fight" to film a movie with her as the star. Even retired adult film star Lisa Ann made a point to bring Rousey up during her weekly segment on SiriusXM's "Morning Men" last Monday.

And now, several NFL players are singing her praises.

Sports Illustrated NFL columnist, Peter King, reported in his MMQB column that Falcon's rookie head coach Dan Quinn showed his players the UFC 190 main event at a team meeting last Sunday (Aug. 3) to set the tone for the day.

And it certainly got the team's attention.

"There was a genuine respect for her in the room," Quinn told King. "I wanted to show them this fight because she is a great example of the fact that there is another level of competitor out there. We're trying to find that extra level in all of our players. Athletes like her we hope will leave an impression."

Matt Ryan, the Falcons starting quarterback and three-time Pro Bowl player, enjoyed seeing Rousey's dominant performance and thought Quinn's idea of kicking off the team meeting with it was a great way to reach all the players on the team.

"Holy crap," said Ryan. "She kicked her ass! Rousey's so dominant. Such an intimidating factor. You can see when you watch her; she wins before she enters the ring. I really like things like this. I think it's a great way to tap into a diverse locker room. Guys love it."

Rousey is already empowering women all over the globe, and now she's making impressions on NFL players, as she continues taking the sport of MMA into places it's never been before.

For more results and fallout from UFC 190 click here.