UFC president Dana White came into the rescue of Ronda Rousey’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, this after Rousey’s mom AnnMaria de Mars publicly aired her discontentment.
Aired via TMZ, White said that Rousey was first and foremost a judo Olympian before becoming a mixed martial artist and has worked her way up to where she is now.
“It’s a tough situation. She has a lot of respect for her mom … she wouldn’t be where she is today without her mom. If you look at what she’s done to get where she is today and then you lose one fight, it’s easy to dissect one fight and say somebody made a lot of mistakes … look at what she did before that,” White said.
AnnMaria de Mars aired her comments against Tarverdyan over at Submission Radio to the point of calling the trainer an “idiot” and a “fraud,” even asking Rousey never to train under him again.
Tarverdyan, for his part, dismisses all allegations and focuses on training and preparing Rousey for another stint in the UFC.
“It’s just her opinion. Ronda knows who I am. I am her trainer and that’s really about it,” Traverdyan added.
Rousey defied her mom and stood by her trainer as she goes back into training with a promise of a comeback in the octagon. White hinted that Rousey might make her return this year and either make a will face Holly Holm in a rematch or face the winner of the Holm-Miesha Tate in UFC196 pay-per-view (PPV) main event.
Rousey lost to Holm last November via a second round knockout ending her undefeated streak and three-year reign as UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
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