Ronda Rousey’s MMA coach working the focus mitts
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around a lot longer than most people believe, however; it was introduced to the world on a cold evening in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993, and called the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The premise was beautiful in its simplicity: to simply answer the question of which martial art is most effective.
Fast forward over 20 years and we now have a sport that jockeys for top position in popularity in many countries. Although the sport has evolved, the original question that was set out to be answered is still one that intrigues people to this day.
One of the fundamental martial arts that was on prominent display, and is still an integral aspect of the sport, is boxing. Most recently, at UFC 207 we saw Ronda Rousey employ a game plan designed by her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, that called for the Olympic medalist in Judo to stand and box with one of the most vicious strikers in the women’s 135 lb. division…he is a boxing coach trying to moonlight as an MMA coach.
We see it all the time when a world class striker begins to intensely work on their ground game or a world class grappler begins to work on their striking: history shows us that the fighter will inevitably stray away from their base and what has gotten them to the level they are at and try to employ a game plan utilizing their new found skill set…this idea is rarely met with success.
This is also exactly what happened with Rousey and we all saw the result last Friday night, however; how good is her MMA coach? Check out the video below to see exactly who Ronda is training under and the skills, or lack thereof, that he possesses.
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…