Ronda Rousey's head coach Edmond Tarverdyan has been in the news quite often recently for a few reasons. Firstly, Ronda's mother Dr. AnnMaria De Mars absolutely can't stand him. Secondly, he lost his California Cornerman license recently, and it seems like he still can't catch a break.
What happened to the man this time?
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) suspended Tarverdyan for three months and fined him $5,000 for falsifying his application with regards to a past arrest at a hearing Tuesday. Tarverdyan will also be on probation for three years.
Apparently, he put down a "no" on his corner's license application in April 2, 2015 regarding whether he had any criminal offenses. His license was revoked for the violation two weeks ago for the offense.
Tarverdyan filed an official statement to the CSAC before his hearing, as follows...
"I want to first and foremost apologize to Executive Officer Andy Foster and the honorable commissioners. I take my position and role in combat sports very seriously, and I regret if this matter has caused any embarrassment to the California State Athletic Commission.
"In my life, I have not concealed my past indiscretions from people I come into contact with. And I do not want to do so in this instance. I train many young athletes and when I see that they are heading down the wrong path in life, I often remind them of the mistakes and regrets of my past as a way to guide them onto the right track in life. I hope to continue to take the opportunity to help others in combat sports to make the correct moral and ethical decisions in their lives. And I intend to make the correct decisions in my life as well."
Tarverdyan got caught slippin'
The police report from Tarverdyan's arrest on Dec. 5, 2010 was put into evidence in the hearing brief Tuesday. The coach was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by Glendale Police Department officers due to the absence of a front license plate. After cops asked the driver of the vehicle to exit, Tarverdyan was combative and had to be hit with a Taser twice, the brief said.
He told the commission,
"I really didn't mean to disappoint anybody, and it was just a mistake. I usually write 10-plus on the application."
Whether or not you or I choose to believe him is irrelevant. He broke the law. It's just sad to see somebody fall from grace like this, especially when they were previously on top of the world coaching (at the time) the marquee fighter in MMA.