We desperately need a UFC or Bellator event to occupy our time, because right now the newscycle is chock full of crap. It’s either something about Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne and the crushing weight of love, or the sad disintegration of the bro-tacular Team Alpha Male as it pertains to Urijah Faber and TJ Dillashaw, we’re wallowing in drama.
And now adding to the mess is Rousey’s mom, who, apparently, never liked her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.
As per MMAFighting:
“I think Edmond is a terrible coach and I will say it publicly,” DeMars said. “I think he’s a terrible coach. I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there. She was winning before she ever met him. She probably won 99 percent of the judo matches she ever fought in.”
DeMars’ feelings stem from the fact that Tarverdyan would not train Rousey, the former Olympic judo bronze medalist, for months when she first arrived at Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles, mostly because she was a woman. Rousey is not the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, the most popular fighter in the world and a burgeoning Hollywood star.
“She was one of the top athletes in the world when she walked in there and he wouldn’t even give her the time of day for months,” DeMars said. “Somebody like that is a terrible coach. And I think she stays there, because it’s like somebody pitches a no-hitter when they’re wearing red underwear and they wear that red underwear every day. I think it’s superstition and I would caution anybody from going there.”
Hey, anybody remember John Hackleman? He was Chuck Liddell’s coach, and when “The Iceman” was the biggest, baddest UFC star around, people (including and especially Dana White) questioned just what role he played in making Liddell great. Well, folks, it really doesn’t matter what people think about how much these coaches make these fighters into champions – the only thing that matters is what that particular fighter thinks. And like Liddell, it seems Rousey thinks her coach does the trick.
At the end of the day that’s all that matters.