Edmond Tarverdyan the purported owner of the Glendale Fight Club is universally cited as a volatile factor in the business of MMA and prime suspect for the cause of Ronda Rousey’s failure to unseat the newest women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Among the most severe critics of Tarverdyan are Rousey’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars. She is the first American female to win a world championship in Judo, and apparently wished her daughter’s coach were dead, by her own hand, if such a thing could happen without repurcussions.
“I hope he loses his license or goes to jail because either of those is a possibility,” said Dr. De Mars earlier this year. “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.”
Rousey did the same things with the same people and got the same results.
The coach has laid low, but a TMZ stringer caught up with him as he was pulling away in his vehicle. Clearly uneager to speak, Tarverdyan never the less offered a few remarks, beginning with his thoughts on Rousey’s potential retirement.
“It’s all good, man, no plans made yet,” explained Tarverdyan.
When he was asked what he had to say to people who claim he wasn’t the right coach for Ronda.
“It doesn’t matter what people say,” said Tarverdyan.
While Tarverdyan was terse, his hands were speaking volumes. He offered in succession a wave, a peace sign, a shaka, and a thumb and forefinger perfect sign. Then his hands went to the steering wheel and he drove off.
It was apparently a nice car as well.