ByElias Cepeda, writer at
Elias Cepeda

Simply put, Kenny Florian is one of the best minds in all of MMA. As a fighter he challenged for world titles on three occasions and now uses his expertise to give excellent analysis as a television broadcaster and on his podcast with Jon Anik.

Florian has worked with some of the best coaches in the world, including TriStar Gym's Firas Zahabi, and is also involved in the training of elite UFC fighters like Ryan Hall. In fact, it wasn't long ago that Urijah Faber offered Florian the head coaching position at Team Alpha Male.

Florian knows high level MMA and understands high level MMA coaching. After Ronda Rousey's most recent loss at UFC 207, Florian spoke out and said that her head coach Edmond Tarverdyan simply isn't a qualified coach for her.

"Look, I like Edmond, I've spoken with him on multiple occasions, but he doesn't have the experience for high-level mixed martial arts," Florian said on his Anik and Florian podcast.

"That's my opinion. He hasn't been keeping up with it, anyway."

Florian went further and said that he doesn't believe Rousey even did any sparring before facing Amanda Nunes last Friday. That was a big mistake, according to "KenFlo."

"My understanding is that Rousey didn't really spar leading up to this fight," he continued.

"I get that they are trying to preserve her to get some rounds, but you got to be ready for the worst-case scenario, which is Amanda Nunes striking with you. [Rousey] wasn't about to move her head or do anything defensively to avoid the striking skills of Amanda Nunes, and she really paid for it."

Rousey has said she doesn't yet know if she'll continue competing in MMA after two-straight KO losses. If she does fight on, however, Florian believes that The Rowdy One needs to listen to her mother and get a different coach and team.

"I think [joining an established MMA team] would help." he said.

"Especially for her to see how other people train. I think the camaraderie [of a team] helps. I think she just needs a knowledgeable and experienced [coach], whoever that is."

Former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones sent out a message of support for Rousey after UFC 207. If part of that message was an invitation for Rousey to join him at New Mexico's Jackson/Winkeljohn's team, Florian thinks Ronda would be wise to consider it.

"If Jon Jones is alluding her coming to Jackson's, obviously, that's one of the best camps in the world and that would definitely help," he concluded.

"I'm curious to what Rousey will do, because there are easier ways for her to make money right now," he said. "She's not going to fight for the money, the bank account is set. It's all good. As far as moving forward and getting that belt back, yeah, she's going to need much better coaching and a team around her, that's for sure."


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