Recently, it was news in the Mixed Martial Arts community that Ronda Rousey and her camp (which includes head coach Edmond Tarverdyan) will not put Ronda forth to fight at UFC 200 in July as was originally planned.
It's unclear when Ronda will get her second shot at Holly Holm, or anyone else for that matter. However, her head coach Edmond Tarverdyan has come to her defense after her UFC 193 loss to Holly.
Here's what he said to ESPN:
"It was the biggest loss of my career. 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."
He kind of defended himself, adding:
"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. I will be speaking to them and getting in the best advice. And if I feel it's necessary we will bring them in. But besides boxing, even the wrestling, the judo, the grappling aspect of it -- just approaching the fight in general, there will be a bit of things that we could add."
"A lot of people might think Ronda didn't move her head when she was moving forward and she got popped with a shot. Ronda does know how to move her head. Ronda moved her head and avoided a lot of short, stocky straight shots, and she got into a beautiful clinch.
"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."
What do you think?