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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
I predicted it in advance. Ronda trained with an idiot. She trained with an idiot and a fraud. I would be shocked to find out that guy has any record at all. As far as I know, I saw him fight once and he fought somebody that had a record of like 6-20 and won on a split decision. The guy is a fraud. Ronda has a lot of talent. She came into that gym with a very strong background of training at the Olympic level and it carried her a long way. She needs to get away from some egomaniac fraud and be herself. Ronda as herself can beat anybody on the planet. I'm sad about it but you become an adult and make decisions. Sometimes you make mistakes and hopefully you learn from them.
The difference between me and these other fighters' moms is that I actually was a world champion. I didn't just make it up and put it on my website. I actually really did compete for 14 years. So when someone is talking about coaching I know if it's bulls**t and this guy is a complete fraud. It didn't surprise me for a second. I don't claim to know everything but I know what it takes to win a world championship. I know what good coaching is. I told Ronda more than once, 'I know what training to beat the world looks like and this isn't it.' ... I hope [Tarverdyan] loses his license or goes to jail because either of those is a possibility. I think if she changes gyms she has an outstanding chance of winning. If she doesn't? As a statistician, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. If you do the same things with the same people you can expect the same results.
-Ronda Rousey's mother, AnnMaria De Mars, talks to Submission Radio about Rousey's continued work with Edmond Tarverdyan, and why it could mean a second loss to Holly Holm (transcribed by MMAFighting.com)
Penick's Analysis: De Mars has left no questions about her feelings on Tarverdyan whatsoever, so nothing she's saying here comes as a surprise in the least. And honestly, without some significant changes to the routine that ended with a KO loss in November, De Mars isn't wrong about the very realistic possibility of a repeat loss. If they don't change anything, nothing improves, and Rousey winds up in the same position she was in Australia last fall. Her mother's not going to stop expressing her feelings on the matter, and though Rousey seems unwilling to hear it right now, there'd be merit to moving on.
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