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Coach: Rousey beating world class boxers in the gym | MMA NEWS


Much has been discussed when it comes to the striking prowess of Strikeforce female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. With very little cage time to critique and the grappling ability that has kept her undefeated in route to the world’s most coveted female title, Ronda Rousey’s striking capabilities are still an unknown factor in her MMA game.

Be it propaganda or not, Ronda Rousey’s head striking coach, Edmond Tarverdyan gave Ronda fans a glimmer of hope about the champs punching abilities when appearing on Sherdog’s radio network.

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“What she has is amazing, but people don’t understand: Ronda’s boxing is so good right now,” said Tarverdyan. “If I could, I’d turn that girl into a boxing professional world champion. She was sparring with girls in our gym that are like 16-1 and WBA world champions, Lucia Rijker … and Ronda gets the best out of it.”

“Ronda has a great jab. She does like six in a row when we’re doing pad work and mitt work. In the gym she’s also working that jab. It comes natural to her. She always had her left foot forward when she was doing judo tournaments, so she’s real comfortable with sticking that jab and grabbing them and taking them down.”

“I was like, ‘OK, this girl is going to be something special. I started working with her. For like six months we didn’t do any striking. Just footwork, distance, understanding. I didn’t give her hard sparring, nothing like that. Just she moved around with me. I have control of my punches and I’m not trying to swing your head off and I’m technical and I could teach her. More like drilling-sparring, like amateur style, than actual just banging like the professional style. I taught her a lot of amateur boxing. Once I got that done, I know she has a good jab. She has a good straight punch, a right straight. She knows how to move her head. She knows how to defend herself, block punches, move in and out, use her legs, and then I started just gradually raising her sparring. For the last camp we had great sparring partners. That’s how you learn.”

“Ronda’s jab is looking really, really good. All the Olympians I have in my gym, and world medalists, they just sit down and go, ‘Wow, dude. She has a great jab.’”

“Now everybody knows she can strike,” Tarverdyan said. “I don’t care if people know or don’t know, to be honest with you. I know she can strike. She’s a great striker. She’s not going to have a problem with any of these fights we have in front of us.”

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20 Comments to Coach: Rousey beating world class boxers in the gym | MMA NEWS

  1. Keep Fitch (Forever) says:

    Miesha Tate is hotter Ronda is a male.

  2. Xaninho says:

    That is total bullshit. I saw her stand-up in her last fight against Kauffman, it was shitty. She was even looking away while throwing punches. She might have gotten better since, but this worldclass blabla is bullshit, noway she went from shitty to worldclass in two months.

  3. scotty says:

    If her boxing is so good and everything else is great then why not go up to 145 and prove you are the best women’s MMA fighter in the world? Give the fans what they want to see and back up your previous statements about going up to 145 to beat Cyborg and take the belt!

    • triforce says:

      Rousey is the champ not cyborg. Cyborg wants to prove she isnt on the stuff anymore? then go down to 135 and meet rousey. Cyborg is the one with something to prove not ronda. going down to 135 would be easy for cyborg is she wasn’t taking steroids. if she gets off she will lose weight anyway and will probably be around 135. you want the ultimate fight? tell cyborg to go clean.

      • Scotty says:

        Cyborg has stated a doctor has advised her not to try to drop to 135 for health reasons.. Even Tito has stated in a recent interview that she cannot cut to that weight.. And yes Ronda has something to prove cause she is the one who said “Im going to win the 135 title then go back up to 145, beat Cyborg and get that title” But now Cyborg is about to get her suspension lifted Ronda saying Cyborg should drop weight? Why not stick by your words and do it? Why not agree to extensive random drug testing and fight at 145? Im not trying to stick up for Cyborg cause she is wrong for doing steroids but you cant call someone out then go back on your words..

    • Artemis Entreri says:

      Truly spoken like someone who has never competed in combat sports before.

  4. MMACRAVER says:

    I really expected a video… not another testimonial from some other dude desperate to be friends with Ronda by talking about how amazing she is as an athlete and a person yadda yadda yadda.

    Every fight I have seen her in… I have not seen impressive striking at all.

    Vids or I call bullshit.

  5. anthony says:

    I thought that the womens 145 pound division was gone??????

  6. Mustaine says:

    No kidding it is gone. Thought that is why Cyborg wanted out of her Zuffa contract. It’s simple, Cyborg wants the fight then drop to 135.

  7. ASER says:

    LMFAO!!! BS show me some live sparring an ill decide how great she is. Ronda Needs to move up to challenge. The peoples Champ Cyborg!

  8. Xaninho says:

    Her stand-up looked shitty against Kaufmann. She looked away while throwing punches, well at least with a little imagination I call it ‘punches’. So according to this trainer she went from shitty to worldclass in what? two months? That’s bullshit.

  9. Mustaine says:

    Hmmm, no she needs to drop. Pretty simple, get her off the juice, eat a low calorie diet, I know she can get to 135. Not that I give a shit!

  10. manny fresh says:

    Im sure if guyborg cuts his junk off thats like 5 pounds right there and then all he would have to do is cut 5 more pounds.. btw tate and rousey are both hot, but id personally take gina any day!

  11. Ddddddd says:

    Yah, yahh Brock Lesnar and her should spar they have the same instincts. It’s gonna look
    the same when these chicks stop her takedowns as it did when Cain stopped Brock’s.

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