Ronda Rousey's mom Dr. AnnMaria De Mars isn't particularly fond of Ronda's current coach, Edmond Tarverdyan. In fact, she pretty much blames him completely for Rousey's loss to Holly Holm and fall from prominence in the WMMA world.
This isn't the first time she's gone at Tarverdyan, and it may not be the last:
"I predicted it in advance. Ronda trained with an idiot. She trained with an idiot and a fraud. I would be shocked to find out that guy has any record at all. As far as I know, I saw him fight once and he fought somebody that had a record of like 6-20 and won on a split decision. The guy is a fraud. Ronda has a lot of talent. She came into that gym with a very strong background of training at the Olympic level and it carried her a long way.
"She needs to get away from some egomaniac fraud and be herself. Ronda as herself can beat anybody on the planet. I'm sad about it but you become an adult and make decisions. Sometimes you make mistakes and hopefully you learn from them."
De Mars herself was a Judo world champion, which gives her free reign to state her opinion on a coach-student relationship.
"The difference between me and these other fighters' moms is that I actually was a world champion. I didn't just make it up and put it on my website. I actually really did compete for 14 years. So when someone is talking about coaching I know if it's bulls**t and this guy is a complete fraud. It didn't surprise me for a second.
"I don't claim to know everything but I know what it takes to win a world championship. I know what good coaching is. I told Ronda more than once, 'I know what training to beat the world looks like and this isn't it.'"
De Mars is pretty sure that her daughter needs a new coach...
"If she changes gyms she could go dramatically further. Even if she was with a good coach I think going to a different place would really improve her. When you're with someone who wants to keep you from going to other places, that's a bad coach that doesn't have your best interests at heart.
"I hope [Tarverdyan] loses his license or goes to jail because either of those is a possibility. I think if she changes gyms she has an outstanding chance of winning. If she doesn't? As a statistician, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. If you do the same things with the same people you can expect the same results."
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