Ronda Rousey head trainer Edmond Tarverdyan on Tuesday was issued a three-month suspension by the California State Athletic Commission for falsifying his application for a cornerman’s license.
MMAFighting.com first brought word of the commission’s ruling, which was approved unanimously. Tarverdyan was also fined $5,000 and given three years’ probation. As a result, Tarverdyan cannot corner fighters in California or in any other states that are members of the Association of Boxing Commissions.
Tarverdyan initially had his license suspended in January after CSAC learned that he was arrested in 2010 on two felony counts of identity theft and one count of resisting arrest. Tarverdyan wrote “no” on his cornerman’s application in April on the section that asked whether he had any prior criminal offenses. The Glendale Fighting Club coach ultimately pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced to one day in jail, three years probation and 30 days of community service.
Tarverdyan issued the following statement to CSAC prior to Tuesday’s hearing:
"I want to first and foremost apologize to Executive Officer Andy Foster and the honorable commissioners. I take my position and role in combat sports very seriously, and I regret if this matter has caused any embarrassment to the California State Athletic Commission,” he wrote.
"In my life, I have not concealed my past indiscretions from people I come into contact with. And I do not want to do so in this instance. I train many young athletes and when I see that they are heading down the wrong path in life, I often remind them of the mistakes and regrets of my past as a way to guide them onto the right track in life. I hope to continue to take the opportunity to help others in combat sports to make the correct moral and ethical decisions in their lives. And I intend to make the correct decisions in my life as well."