Ronda Rousey’s defeat at UFC 207 has led many to believe that she wasn’t fully prepared for the fight against Amanda Nunes. Eyes have turned to her head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, who has faced regular criticism for the game-plan he put together when Rousey faced off against Holly Holm a little over a year ago.
If the game-plan against Holm was flawed, the one against Nunes was nonexistent. “Rowdy” was peppered with fists to the face and appeared ill-prepared to do anything about it.
Lasting only 48 seconds, many fans wondered if they’d seen the last of one of the most transformative figures in the sports relatively young history.
Speaking for the first time, albeit brief and impromptu,Tarverdyan revealed that those talks are still ongoing.
“It’s all good, no plans yet.”
Tarverdyan doesn’t seem concerned that many feel Rousey should seek coaching elsewhere, if she were to return. Or at least, he doesn’t want us to think he is concerned. Attempting to pull away while being hounded by questions he would rather not answer, Tarverdyan gives each answer with reluctant defensiveness.
If and when Rousey fights again is the biggest question following UFC 207. Whether Tarverdyan will coach her if and when is probably second.