Edmond Tarverdyan was on top of the world just a few months ago, it seems.
He stood triumphantly in the cage with his greatest success: UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, the woman who made the world stand up and take notice of women’s MMA.
Rousey was the most popular attraction in the UFC, and Tarverdyan was credited with guiding her from a judo standout to a MMA powerhouse.
Now, Rousey has fallen — and, it seems, Taverdyan is under siege.
To be clear: Rousey, who lost her title to Holly Holm in a one-sided bout back in November, has stayed loyal to her trainer. But Tarverdyan, who was famously described as a “terrible coach” by Rousey’s outspoken mother, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
First, Legal and financial strains prompted him to declare bankruptcy last summer, as reported here by Jim Genia.
Now, the California State Athletic Commission has revealed that it has revoked Tarverdyan’s license to corner, following allegations of falsifying his application.
Greg Savage of Sherdog.com tweeted the news:
Just talked to Andy Foster about Tarverdyan's license being revoked. It was for a violation of rule 210b – falsifying his application.
— Greg Savage (@TheSavageTruth) January 21, 2016
Per a report at MMA Fighting, Tarvedyan indicated “no” regarding any history of past criminal offenses… but…
Tarverdyan, 34, was arrested in December 2010 on two counts of felony identity theft and one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest, according to public records. The identity theft counts were bumped down to misdemeanors and Tarverdyan ended up pleading no contest to the three charges.
In 2011, the coach was sentenced to one day in jail (with a credit of one day), three years of probation and 30 days of community service, according to court documents. He was also fined $610.
CSAC rules would have allowed Tarverdyan to corner had he answered “yes.” It’s really just a matter of stating false information.
A hearing will be held for Tarverdyan on February 2.