After Ronda Rousey (pictured) was knocked out by Holly Holm in November at UFC 193, many wondered how such a heavy odds-on favorite could be made to look so mundane.
UFC president Dana White revealed Rousey was mentally, physically, emotionally “exhausted” entering the scrap after her whirlwind year that involved filming movies, non-stop promotion and training. White added that Rousey “had a lot of personal things going on, too, with her family.”
While White didn’t specify what the “personal things” Rousey had to deal with were, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Rousey’s mom calling her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, a “terrible coach” and such a “terrible person” that she would run him over with her car if there were no legal repercussions was a detraction.
Well, it appears AnnMaria De Mars isn’t backing down as her daughter looks to pick up the pieces and reclaim her UFC bantamweight throne.
“I predicted it in advance. Ronda trained with an idiot. She trained with an idiot and a fraud,” De Mars recently stated on Submission Radio. “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.”
Unfortunately for De Mars, her harsh advice is falling on deaf ears. Rousey has stated she will not leave her longtime coach and confidant. They will once again partner for her next fight, which is expected to take place some time later this year for the title.
Rousey was expected to get an immediate rematch with Holm at UFC 200, but requested and was granted additional time off as filming for “Road House” was pushed back. Holm will now defend her crown against Miesha Tate at UFC 196.
With Rousey’s return date delayed, De Mars hopes her daughter comes to her senses and reaches out for additional help. If not, a potential rematch with Holm will provide the exact same outcome.
“If she changes gyms she could go dramatically further,” De Mars said. “Even if she was with a good coach I think going to a different place would really improve her. When you’re with someone who wants to keep you from going to other places, that’s a bad coach that doesn’t have your best interests at heart.
“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.”