If being UFC champion isn’t stressful enough, Ronda Rousey also has to deal with an internal feud involving her mother and coach.
AnnMaria De Mars, Rousey’s mother, lambasted Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s coach, earlier this month during an interview with Pro MMA. She made it awfully clear that she has never been a fan of Tarverdyan. The seething comments from the original video, which has now been made private, spoke to a turbulent situation that had been brewing behind closed doors for quite some time:
(Warning: NSFW Language)
“Every time I go into his gym, he used to say, ‘How are you?’ And I’d say, ‘How the f–k do you think I am? I’m in your f—–g gym and I f—–g hate you.’ So now he doesn’t ask me how I am anymore. …I would run over him with my car if there wasn’t a law against it. Who the f—k is he he? He’s not like the f—–g nameless one from Harry Potter. I hate that guy. He’s like the most worthless human being God ever put on this Earth.”
De Mars believes Tarverdyan hit the lottery when Rousey walked into his gym. She called him a “terrible” coach and even welcomed a lawsuit.
Rousey, who is preparing for her seventh consecutive UFC title defense against Holly Holm on Nov. 15, has deflected all questions regarding the volatile situation when speaking with the media.
“Any reaction and response I have for my mother, she’s going to hear from me and not a media outlet. I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business,” Rousey said on Tuesday, during the UFC 193 media day at the Glendale Fighting Club.
Tarverdyan was also on-hand at media day, and he was just as tight-lipped about the situation as Rousey, refusing to be drawn into a verbal battle with De Mars. Instead of firing back a response, according to MMAFighting.com, he kept the spotlight on the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight coming up in a couple of weeks:
“We have a fight in front of us Nov. 15. That’s all I worry about and I care about at this point. It’s her mom, at the end of the day. And that’s it. I’m a person that’s never spoke negative about anybody’s mom and will never do that. Friendship, anybody. I’ve always said a mom is a mom and that’s it. That’s all I have to say.”
Tarverdyan hasn’t exactly been a fan favorite in the MMA world. He faced hordes of fan backlash after his appearance as an assistant coach for Team Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter 20.
It’s definitely a wise decision to keep all of the media focus on the fight with Holm. While she hasn’t garnered a lot of attention in MMA, Holm is a legitimate threat to Rousey’s title reign. The former women’s boxing world champion has been flawless in her MMA run thus far, and she will undoubtedly be the most technical striker Rousey has ever faced.
MMA pundits scoffed at the Bethe Correia matchup in August, but you can rest assured that Holm is a far superior challenge. Rousey admitted that situations like the one between her mom and coach forces her to focus even more on training. For Rousey and so many other fighters, the gym is a hallowed place that offers a means of escape:
“That kind of stuff, it just kind of makes me more thankful that I have fighting, because this is the place where I keep my focus and my sanity. Whatever kind of crazy things that are happening outside of fighting, it just makes me want to go inside the gym more, because that’s really my escape from all that.”
Rousey has finished her last four opponents in less than three minutes combined. It’s tough seeing any situation deter that kind of focus.