Following the flawless performance put on by Holly Holm against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 to claim the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, Rousey and head coach Edmond Tarverdyan found themselves under fire.
Rousey was criticized for her confidence leading up to the fight, while Tarverdyan was criticized for what people believed was an inability to give Rousey helpful advice leading up to, and during, the fight.
The criticism even went as far as to see several people suggest that Rousey fire Tarverdyan and hire other coaches to help her fill the massive holes in her standup game.
Tarverdyan spoke to ESPN to fire back at critics:
“It was the biggest loss of my career,” Tarverdyan told
“You know you won’t ever want that to happen again. So what that means is, I’ve got to work harder. Every little thing I’ve got to be honest with and make sure that we’re ready to go.”
“Yeah there was a lot of criticism afterwards about adding a boxing coach. MMA is not a boxing game, but Ronda got caught, and we will be taking advice from boxing trainers. I don’t think it’s going to be a situation about adding a boxing coach, it’s about getting more thoughts from boxing trainers.
“If you watch the Liz Carmouche fight, any of [Rousey’s previous] fights, she outmaneuvers and she gets inside in the clinch so well. But this fight, she just got caught from the beginning, and everything was not in our favor. So what I’m trying to say is, afterwards it’s easy to criticize. It’s easy to say, ‘Hey you could have done this,’ and as a trainer I know we can do better. So I’m not going to say that we had the best camp. We will learn from it, and she will learn from it.”
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