While it’s no secret that Dr. Ann Maria De Mars doesn’t like her daughter’s coach, the former Judo world champion says she predicted that things could go bad for Ronda Rousey after choosing to stay with an ‘idiot’ and a ‘fraud’ in Edmond Tarverdyan.
UPDATE: Tarverdyan has since responded.
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The full 31 minute interview with Ronda Rousey’s mother putting coach Edmond Tarverdyan on blast has been released. According to her, the UFC champ is “loyal to a fault” and stays because she doesn’t want to burn bridges.
“I predicted it in advance. Ronda trained with an idiot”, De Mars told Submission Radio. “She trained with an idiot who’s a fraud. I would be shocked to find out if that guy has any record at all. I saw him fight once, and he fought somebody who had a record of like 6-20 and won a decision against somebody who had a drastically losing record.”
“The guy’s a fraud. Ronda has a lot of talent. She came into that gym with a very strong build, 10-year background of training at the Olympic level, and it carried her a long way,” she continued. “She needs to get away from some egomaniac fraud and be herself. And Ronda as herself can beat anybody on the planet. So I’m sad about it, but you become an adult and you make decisions and sometimes you make mistakes, and hopefully you learn from those mistakes.”
Tarverdyan has recently run into issues stemming from what he calls oversights and “significant errors” made while filling up paperwork. He got his license got revoked in California for incorrectly saying he didn’t have a past criminal background, and was investigated after filing for bankruptcy for saying he had zero income.
“I told her flat out that I think that guy she was training with was an idiot and a fraud, and he’s been investigated for bankruptcy fraud out here, for tax evasion, for mortgage fraud,” she said. “They just suspended his license for falsifying the application, he was convicted of two counts of identity theft. And so we don’t talk about that much because I told her flat out, ‘as long as you’re training with this guy, I just cannot stomach that.'”
“The difference between me and the other fighters’ moms, is 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 somebody’s saying something or talking about coaching, I know if it’s bullshit or not, and this guy is a complete fraud. So it did not 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 know what trying to beat the world looks like. And I told Ronda more than once about Edmond. I know what training to beat the world looks like and this isn’t it.”
As for Rousey making improvements, and her chances of regaining the belt, Ann Maria says it can be done if she switches camps.
“If she changes gyms she could go dramatically further,” she said. “I used to be an industrial engineer – which sounds like it’s irrelevant, but it’s not. So in industrial engineering, there’s something called ‘the learning curve’. So basically the first time you do something, it takes you a long time. And the second time, whether it’s a podcast, or building a part for a missile or whatever it is, it takes you less time because you’ve learned some stuff.”
“You’ve learned that, oh you should test mics on advance, you’ve learned that you should get all the parts that you need at one station or whatever. So the second time it takes you much less time, the third time it takes you less but there’s not as big an improvement, and so on,” she explains. “The same is true what I have found in sports.”
“So if somebody trains with a coach for a long time, that coach could be the greatest coach in the world, but when they switch, they’re going to improve, because they’ve learned 80-90 precent of what that coach has to teach them. And [when] they go to a new coach, they might not even know as much, but they won’t know the exact same things. So even if she was with a good coach — which she is not — but even if she was, I think going to a different place would really improve her.”
“Anytime someone wants to keep you from training in other places, well that’s a bad coach. That’s a person who doesn’t have your best interests at heart, because they can’t teach you everything.”
After criticism on Tarverdyan came up after the loss, Rousey did mention that she plans on staying with the same camp. De Mars hopes this isn’t set in stone just yet, especially with the legal troubles Edmond is facing.
“I hope that he loses his license or goes to jail, because either of those are a possibility. So yeah, I think if she changes, if she changes her training camp, she has an outstanding chance of winning,” she said. “If she doesn’t – you know what, as a statistician, one thing we tell people all the time is, 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.”
“This is why people don’t like me, because I call the facts as I see them and not as how they’d like to be seen.”
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