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Ronda Rousey’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, was taking no prisoners when she was asked about her daughter’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, on a recent interview with LatiNation. De Mars, herself the first American woman to win gold at the World judo championships, absolutely ripped into Tarverdyan, who trains his fighters at the Glendale Fighting Club in California.
“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,” she said.
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“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.” Check out De Mars in full flow:
This is the second distraction that Rousey is experiencing as she prepares for her UFC bantamwright title defense against Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne on November 13. Earlier this week, Travis Browne declared that he and Rousey were an item, and the unbeaten fighter then confirmed the two were a couple.
In this interview with Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Edmond Tarverdyan admits that he didn’t want to train her when she first walked into the gym as he was too busy, but Rousey eventually won him over. Tarverdyan talks about the early days at around the 1:30 mark: