To close out 2016, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey returned to the Octagon for her highly anticipated return after suffering the first loss of her career at the hands of Holly Holm back in November of 2015.
When rousey returned to the Octagon at UFC 207 to fight Amanda Nunes to close out 2016, the eyes of the MMA community were solely fixed on the former champ as many wondered whether ‘Rowdy’ would enter into the fight with a newfound striking skillset. With that being said, when the pair stepped into the Octagon on December 30th, it didn’t take long for viewers to notice that Rousey’s striking simply wasn’t in the same league as Nunes’. Just 48 seconds into the fight, referee Herb Dean was forced to intervene as Rousey was out on her feet.
Following the loss to Nunes, Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan was once again the subject of much criticism as many were quick to blame him for Rousey’s loss, stating that he instilled a false sense of confidence in Rousey in regards to her striking abilities. While Tarverdyan has not addressed any of the criticism of himself directly, he has stated that Rousey will take some time off to process the loss before making any further decisions on her career.
In the video above, you can see Tarverdyan, who racked up a 2-0 professional MMA record, and even won a WBC Muay Thai championship at welterweight, working on his boxing in the gym.
Since the loss to Nunes, several members of the fight community have offered to train Rousey. In addition, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and his brother, Jeff Mayweather, have both offered to work with Rousey on her boxing. In addition, longtime rival Cris Cyborg’s head coach Jason Parillo has invited Rousey to train with Cyborg now that a potential superfight is all but dead.