Fans are still discussing what went wrong after Ronda Rousey’s highly awaited comeback went the opposite as planned. How, after having 411 days to sharpen her striking skills, did Rousey allow the bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes to deliver 27 punches and beat her 48 seconds into the first round?
Many blame Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan, including her opponent bantamweight champion Amanda Nunez. Nunez, after the post-fight news conference accused him of doing a “crazy thing” by convincing Rousey she was a boxer.
“He like put this in her head and make the girl believe in that,” Nunes said. “I don’t know why he did that. She has great judo and then she can go more forward in this division but he put some crazy thing about her boxing and then her career started like going down. . . . I’m the real striker here. This is the only thing I want to look at him to say.”
Rousey’s mother AnnMaria De Mars, has also had her problems with Tarverdyan. Before Rousey’s first loss last November against Holly Holm, De Mars referred to Tarverdyan as “a terrible coach.”
“I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in [his gym],” De Mars continued. “She was winning before she ever met him. . . . I think she stays there because it’s like when someone pitches a no-hitter wearing red underwear then they wear that underwear every day. I think it’s superstition.”
UFC commentator Kenny Florian called Tarverdyan “too inexperienced to train top stars” on his Monday night podcast. Along with the quality of the skills training, Florian also questioned his methods after hearing that Rousey hadn’t really sparred leading up to the fight. The charge was later denied by Rousey’s camp. They contacted Florian to inform him that Rousey sparred with four different people during her training.
“I like Edmond. I spoke to him in various occasions, but he doesn’t have the experience for high-level mixed martial arts,” Florian said on his podcast on Tuesday (via Bloody Elbow). “That’s my opinion. He hasn’t been keeping up with it.”
“I get that they’re trying to preserve her from not getting hurt. But you’ve got to have some rounds. You’ve got to ready for the worst case scenario, which is Amanda Nunes striking with you,” Florian said. “She wasn’t able to move her head, do anything defensively to avoid the striking skills of Amanda Nunes, and really paid for it.”