“I think Edmund is a terrible coach, and I will say it publicly. I think he is a terrible coach and I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there. She was winning before she even met him. She probably won 99 percent of the judo matches she ever fought in. She had won the Junior Worlds when she was 17. She got a bronze medal in the Olympics. She got a silver medal in world championships. She was one of the top athletes in the world when she walked in there, and he wouldn’t even give her the time of day for months. Somebody like that is a terrible coach.” “And, I think she stays there because it’s like somebody who pitches a no-hitter when they’re wearing red underwear and then they wear that red underwear every day. I think it’s superstition. I would caution anybody from going there. I think it’s bad he uses her to lure people in, and the reason I tell everybody and I told Ronda I’m not going to be quiet about this anymore. He is a bad person and people should not go there. And if he want to sue me that is my honest opinion.”These and other accounts regarding his career in and out of the Octagon have led many to believe he is nothing more than a con artist. One who not only has been convicted of actual identity theft but who also managed to convince a multimillion dollar athlete like Ronda Rousey that she could match a fighter like Nunes with her striking skills alone. After the fight Nunes gave a statement to media and didn’t hold back from sharing her opinion of Rousey’s coach,
“I know she was going to strike with me because her boxing coach told her she has a good strike, I know she was going to strike a little bit with me, but when I started to connect with some punches I knew she would want to start to clinch with me.”Audio captured from the PPV broadcast by an enterprising fan and later distributed on social media gave a glimpse into the advice Tarverdayn was shouting from Rousey’s corner during the fight:
Tarverdyan: Make her miss, miss, miss! She’ll fade. Be patient! Pick your moments! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Yes, move! Hands up! Hands up! Catch her! Please! Head Movement, good jab! Move, move! Move, please! Move, move, move, clinch, clinch, clinch! CLINCH! CLINCH! CLINCH! No! NO! NO! NO! NO! Move out! (pounding sound) Move, (expletive)!
Good Lord. How the hell is that Edmond guy allowed to pretend to coach anyone?— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall5050) December 31, 2016
@TheTomasRios There are plenty of coaches in MMA who are stunningly mediocre and she managed to find one who’s actively terrible. Impressive— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) December 31, 2016
But Tarverdyan wasn’t the only one to receive sharp criticism. Rousey’s (now famously) poor behavior after the fight was of particular interest to many fans and pundits online.
This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Beautiful. https://t.co/Wt6RVcukfI @CoachEdmund.— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) December 31, 2016
Cruz gets lit up for 5 rounds, then gives Garbrandt a congratulatory handshake. Rousey gets KO’d in 48 seconds and storms off. Classless.— Jeff Wagenheim (@jeffwagenheim) December 31, 2016
Fair point. But a lot of KO victims have managed to act with class simply by pure instinct. https://t.co/xz8riqaXVR— Jeff Wagenheim (@jeffwagenheim) December 31, 2016
Later, in the audio referenced earlier and distributed online you could hear another voice and UFC President Dana White commenting on the fight’s outcome.
Heard Rousey fans call the stop F’n BS 1)If anything the stoppage was late. 2)Ronda losing & walking is classless & that’s F’n BS.#ufc207— JasonWakeUpCall1079 (@JasonWakeUpCall) December 31, 2016
Voice: C’mon, guys. Let the camera crew in there, please? White: And I told you guys: I said, nobody knew who she was yesterday, but they all know who she is now.And indeed he is right. Amanda Nunes has demonstrated an ability to use a fighter’s game against them twice already and many more times in the past. During her confrontation with Meisha Tate she used a rear naked choke to submit her opponent winning her the Bantamweight title and this was the very same technical move that Tate used to win against Holly Holm. It’s no coincidence, she could read Rousey’s writing on the wall and recited that fight poetry in the Octagon like a seasoned orator. While we offer our condolences to Rousey’s once blooming MMA career we offer even more congratulations to Amanda Nunes for a well deserved victory and a successful defense to her title as Women’s Bantamweight Champion of the UFC.