Back in October, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, the mother of then UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, went public with her thoughts about her daughter’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan.
“I think Edmond is a terrible coach,” she began. “And I will say it publicly. I think he’s a terrible coach, and I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there.?”
The next day the first American to win a Gold medal in Judo at the world championship, was more critical still.
“I would run over him with my car in there wasn’t a law against it,” she said. … I HATE that guy. He’s like the most worthless human being God ever put on this Earth.”
These comments were before Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm. Dr. De Mars recently spoke with Submission Radio, and as you might imagine, the loss served only to confirm her concerns.
“I predicted it in advance,” said Dr. De Mars, as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMAFighting.com. “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.”
“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— 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.'”
“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.”
For the record Tarverdyan holds two win in MMA. Once a unanimous decision over a fighter who was indeed 6-20. The other was over an 0-2 fighter. Some would argue this is not a record sufficient to paint a mural of yourself side by side with Muhammad Ali, reminding all within view that “nothing is impossible.”
Rousey is expected to fight the winner of division champion Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate, which takes place on March 5 at UFC 196.