Shortly following her first public remarks since her stunning upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Ronda Rousey quickly made headlines again when she defiantly announced that she would remain with her longtime coach despite the KO loss.
Nearly a month removed from the first loss of his professional career, fan and pundits scrutinized the coach and claimed that Edmond Tarverdyan was partially at fault for Rousey’s shortcomings.
Tarverdyan also came under fire when he claimed that Holm did not outstrike Rousey, despite Ronda’s busted lip and nose at the end of the opening round, and the head kick heard around the world moments later in the second round.
Her mother’s earlier comments also fanned the flames.
However, despite the pressure from fans, media and her own mother to part ways with her coach, Rousey remained intransigent.
“Of course I’m staying [with coach Tarverdyan],” Rousey told ESPN in an exclusive interview (h/t MMAFighting.com). “That’s my mom’s opinion, not mine.”
Rousey also confirmed that she will return to the UFC to avenge her loss to Holm.
“I need to come back,” Rousey declared. “I need to beat this chick. Who knows if I’m going to pop my teeth out or break my jaw or rip my lip open. I have to fucking do it.”
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