In the days since the seemingly invincible Ronda Rousey was battered and beaten before being knocked unconscious and losing her title to Holly Holm, experts and fans have been trying to figure out what exactly went wrong.
The most common response by those explaining the loss is simply that Rousey had a poor gameplan, was sucked out of her usual game and was failed by her coaches, mainly Edmond Tarverdyan.
Tarverdyan has received plenty of criticism for Rousey’s poor footwork and elementary striking from everyone — including Rousey’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria DeMars — and now boxing coach Freddie Roach is piling on.
Roach had some very harsh words for Tarverdyan, going as far as to to say that no one has ever taught Rousey anything about boxing and that her display was embarassing.
“I saw highlights of [the fight] and not the whole thing. I saw enough to see that she got beat up a little bit,” Roach told FightHubTV. “I didn’t really expect that. I did pick her to win that fight. I thought she would get Holly to the ground. Holly is not a great ground fighter but that kick was pretty good. Holly is a good fighter. She had like 31 wins and 3 losses. She had some legit wins on that record.
“All [Rousey] has is the ground game right now. She really needs to learn how to fight fights in the stand up. [Holm] came out as a leftie and a southpaw and Rousey had no idea how to deal with that. It was embarrassing a little bit. No one ever taught her anything about boxing.”
Those are very harsh words, but you have to accept them as reality.
For all of the praise Rousey has received throughout her career, she never really was forced to face a seasoned striker and it was clear that she just wasn’t ready for someone of Holm’s caliber in the standup department.
You can check out the full comments from Roach below:
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