Ronda Rousey coach Edmond Tarverdyan continues to find himself in the firing line, taking the brunt of the blame for his fighter’s failed comeback. This comeback, which occurred in the main event of UFC 207, saw Rousey return from an absence of more than a year to be knocked out in just 48 seconds by reigning bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes.
The reason that Tarverdyan is receiving so much flack for Rousey’s UFC 207 performance is that Rousey showed almost nothing in the way of improvement between her shocking 2015 knockout loss to Holly Holm and her recent loss to Nunes. While this is of course partially her fault, it is the job of a coach to ensure their fighters are always evolving, and Tarverdyan has clearly failed abysmally in this department when it comes to Rousey. This fact, when paired with the recent records of Tarverdyan’s other high-profile fighters, such as UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, has resulted in his being roasted by many members of the MMA community.
The latest MMA personality to put Tarverdyan on blast is UFC heavyweight turned podcast host Brendan Schaub. Schaub made his case against the Ronda Rousey coach on a recent episode of The Fighter and the Kid.
“[TARVERDYAN] HAS NO BUSINESS BEING [ROUSEY’S] COACH,” HE EXPLAINED.
“THE OTHER GUYS AND WOMEN HE’S COACHING ARE TERRIBLE. YOU LOOK AT HOW HE RUINED TRAVIS BROWNE’S CAREER. EVEN THOUGH HE BEAT ME, HE’S A TERRIBLE FIGHTER NOW, EVEN THOUGH HE DID BEAT ME. HE HAD MORE TALENT THAN ANYONE WHO CAME THROUGH THAT GYM, INCLUDING RONDA. HIS CAREER IS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN. HIS FOOTWORK IS JUST GONE, AND HE’S GOING TO GET CUT IF HE LOSES TO DERRICK LEWIS, ESPECIALLY WITH HOW MUCH THEY PAY HIM.”
While many members of the MMA communities have suggested it’s time for a new Ronda Rousey coach, Schaub explained that he’s not sure this is the solution.
“PEOPLE ARE SAYING SHE SHOULD JUST CHANGE CAMPS, IT DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT,” HE SAID. “LET’S SAY SHE GOES AND TRAINS AT [GREG] JACKSON’S, WHAT HAPPENS IF SHE DOESN’T GEL WITH THE COACHES?”
“SAY SHE’S USED TO BEING THE ONLY TOP DOG IN THE GYM, AND SHE GOES TO JACKSONS AND IT’S FULL OF KILLERS,” HE CONTINUED. “MAYBE COACH MIKE WINKLEJOHN DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO COACH HER, OR HER EGO IS TOO BIG TO LEARN FROM THEM. THAT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BETTER GAME PLAN, SHE SHOULD HAVE STAYED ON THE OUTSIDE AND PICKED HER SHOTS?
“SHE’S NEVER EVER DONE THAT IN HER CAREER, AND YOU EXPECT HER TO DO THAT WHILE SHE’S SHOOTING ALL THESE MOVIES AND SH*T? IT DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT.”
“IT’S LIKE THAT SCENE FROM AVATAR, WHEN THEY PLUG THEIR HAIR IN TO THE HORSE. IF YOU DON’T GEL, IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK. THAT’S WHY SHE’S SO LOYAL TO EDMOND EVEN THOUGH HE’S SO BAD. AND HE REALLY IS TERRIBLE.”
What do you think of Edmond Tarverdyan, the long-time Ronda Rousey coach? Would Rousey benefit from finding a new handler? Sound off, PENN Nation!