Coach: 50-50 Rousey will return and fight Cyborg

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coach Edmond Tarverdyan appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour and expressed the hope that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would fight one last time. Tarverdyan said he speaks with Rousey a few times per week, and does not know if she will joining the WWE. What he wants is that she fight UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

“That’s the one,” said Tarverdyan, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “I want that fight. When I trained Ronda, I know Ronda could beat Cyborg. I know that. Cyborg is too slow.”

“I don’t know. I don’t know. We’ll live and we’ll see. If injuries weren’t there and everything was where it was, we would take that fight and I’m telling you she’s too slow for us. And Ronda will beat her. Ronda needs a challenge that she really needs to be like this person is no good and I need to prove something to the whole world. That’s how Ronda works good.

“And she didn’t have that with Holly, she’s the one that pushed and wanted some aggressiveness before the weigh-ins. This one she has it. She said she cheated before, she’s hurt women and she wants to come and beat her.”

“That’s why if she wants to make a comeback and get one fight, I think she will do the best she’s ever done and I think she’ll be victorious. Because I know Ronda’s personality, because she’s happy right now and she has a good challenge in front of her that she focuses on. I think whatever she wants to do right now, she can do. It’s in her mind.”

“It’s gonna be her decision, if she fights. One more, I don’t know. I’ve spoken to her. I don’t know if she’ll do it. One more fight, maybe. If she really can. If her body does give her one more fight and she really wants to mentally, she might. It’s 50-50 right now I would say.”

The Glendale Fight Club founder has come under withering criticism for his coaching of Rousey, but he offered an odd defense.

“Listen, I’ve trained little kids in martial arts programs in my gym and they grew up to be 4.0, 4.3 GPA students in high school,” he said, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania. “They went to high school in Burbank, became a gymnastic coach. I’ve never trained in gymnastics, I gave them basics like rolls and backrolls, cartwheels, back hand springs, back tucks … all that stuff just so they can become good martial artists.”

“These kids got out and hired as gymnastic coach in Burbank YMCA, so I know I know how to coach. The fight game, that’s my life, I was a professional fighter.”

“I never thought that with one fight [loss] thought that Ronda would leave. We started this when women’s MMA wasn’t what it was. Ronda was the one that brought it up. We did this together.”

“And all those days that we did this together, slowly and got into UFC. We did this together and we were going to end this together and we knew that. We worked to that, we had a goal and a dream, vision, and focus. We were going to do it all the way and end it together. Ronda started with me on her first amateur fight.”