TMZ Apparently Duped By Fake Twitter Account For Ronda Rousey Story

Written by Tom Ngo
February 2nd, 2016

UFC Edmond Tarverdyan Ronda Rousey

Oh, TMZ. Just when we thought you were starting to become a credible source for news, when you find the time to break away from updating the world on what Rob Kardashian is doing with Blac Chyna every second of every day (Hint: NOBODY CARES), you hit someone up on Twitter for exclusive quotes without confirming their identity.

On Tuesday, Keith Jackson (@KeithKJbucket), “producer for TMZ sports” according to his Twitter description, apparently contacted Edmond Tarverdyan (@EddieTarverdyan), or at least who he thought was Ronda Rousey’s longtime coach, on Twitter for comments regarding Rousey’s mom’s latest verbal assault on his character.

As it turns out, Jackson was catfished by @EddieTarverdyan, which is not a verified Twitter account and only has 1,275 followers.

So far so good, right? Yeah, about that…

@KeithKJbucket clearly doesn’t follow @EddieTarverdyan on Twitter, otherwise he would have realized he had been bamboozled and pulled the piece. However, the article is still up on TMZ.com.

TMZ only used generic quotes from @EddieTarverdyan for their piece (“It’s just her opinion,” Edmond says … “I’m just here to train Ronda and it really doesn’t matter.” “Ronda knows who I am. I am her trainer and that’s really about it.”), but it’s pretty hilarious how easy a bogus Twitter account can be used as a legitimate source for an interview without any vetting.

There is currenty no verified Twitter account for the real Edmond Tarverdyan. But that’s OK, just hit up @EddieTarverdyan for the latest on Ronda Rousey. Just don’t believe everything you read…

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