I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who doesn’t know what happened to Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 last week. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion got completely wrecked by current champion Amanda Nunes in just 48-seconds. Rousey was making her comeback after over a year away from the Octagon but things didn’t go her way.
Nunes, who retired Miesha Tate when she took the title last July, landed multiple blows on Rousey’s face. Rousey showed absolutely no defense, and no answer for Nunes’ striking mastery.
The onus has been placed upon Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s head coach, as the reason for her loss. Tarverdyan is primarily a boxing trainer, who practically failed to improve Rousey’s boxing. Furthermore, many feel he had misled Rousey into making her believe she was a boxer when she clearly wasn’t.
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Even Rousey’s own mother believes Tarverdyan was the worst possible coach for her daughter.
The majority of people share the same sentiment.
Yet despite Rousey’s loss, there is still hope for the former Olympic bronze medalist. Should she choose to continue her career, critics feel that Rousey can hire new coaches. Or maybe even join a reputable fight team to diversify her training.
More than likely, Rousey’s loss can be attributed to an overall lack of improvement in other aspects of MMA. These include wrestling and striking, among others. Things that Tarverdyan is not qualified to teach Rousey.
Team Alpha Male, whose members include newly minted UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt reached out to Rousey following her heartbreaking loss. Head coach Justin Buccholz Tweeted to Rousey recently, inviting the former top female fighter to join Team Alpha Male.
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In another case of 2017 Tweet and Delete, MMA Mania reported that Buchholz reached out to Rousey on Twitter. Before it was removed however, the Tweet read:
— Justin Buchholz (@JustinBuchholz) January 4, 2017
Not sure who deleted the Tweet, because Rousey’s Twitter feed has had no updates since December 29th. But it’s interesting to take note that Buchholz is willing to take Ronda under his wing and teach her real MMA.
As for Rousey’s future, it remains unclear whether or not she plans to continue. What do you think guys? Do you think Rousey would be a good fit at Team Alpha Male?
Buchholz has helped a lot of MMA’s top fighters including Urijah Faber, TJ Dillashaw and Cody “No Love” Garbrandt.