Ever wondered where Ronda Rousey gets her ‘legendary’ striking skills from?
Before UFC 193, Ronda Rousey was flying high in her fighting career. The former Olympic Judo star was untouchable, finishing opponents in record time as her career progressed. ‘Rodwy’ appeared to be the most dominant force on the planet, and the UFC was loving every minute.
In an era of fighting that’s all about the cash flow, Rousey led the pack for some time. She was the biggest pay-per-view draw the company had, and they spent millions on promoting her fights. In a way, this led to the massive backlash after Rousey’s most recent fight.
Matched with former boxing champion Holly Holm, then-undefeated Ronda Rousey was a huge favorite. The card in Australia was set to break all attendance records to that point. Little did we know all hell was about to break loose.
‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ unleashed her fury all over Rousey’s face. It was a grim and harrowing beatdown that was witnessed by millions. The fight ended in round two when Holm landed a devastating head kick. Rousey was out cold and lost the title in a wild moment of glory for Holm.
Following Rousey’s brutal loss to Holm in Melbourne, many questions were asked. Perhaps the most interesting was regarding her striking skills. We’d seen plenty of holes in her game during training but this is somewhat normal for a natural grappler.
What wasn’t normal was the apparent lack of fundamental skills after training hard on her boxing for three whole years. Then, as we looked a little deeper, a man named Edmond Tarverdyan came in to the equation.
Seem a little off?
This simple yet effective GIF displays multiple mistakes in Ronda Rousey’s game. As mentioned, some can be expected, but any half-decent striking coach will have drilled these mistakes out of their fighters game before teaching anything further.
Edmond Tarverdyan has a 2-0 MMA record, both against guys who would be honored to have the title of ‘tomato can.’ He has a Muay Thai record that allegedly stands at 27-2, but one source claims coach Edmond last fought an 0-0 teenager who didn’t even have a trainer in his corner.
So how is this guy even considered a legit trainer? One look at his boxing skills on the pads tells you all you need to know…