Ronda Rousey’s humbling loss to Holly Holm will not prompt a change in training camps for the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
In a lengthy interview with ESPN, Rousey revealed that she planned on staying with coach Edmond Tarverdyan, who has been her trainer since “Rowdy” began her mixed martial arts career.
"Of course I'm staying [with Tarverdyan]," Rousey said. "That's my mom's opinion, not mine."
Prior to UFC 193, Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, did an interview with LatiNation calling Tarverdyan a “terrible coach,” saying that he “hit the lottery” when her daughter walked into his gym. De Mars did not attend UFC 193.
In addition to Rousey, Tarverdyan has worked with the likes of Travis Browne, Jake Ellenberger, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir at the Glenadale Fighting Club in California. Coaching Rousey helped Tarverdyan rise to prominence, and his prized pupil was rarely tested in her professional tenure prior to facing Holm in Melbourne.
In that Nov. 14 bout, however, Rousey did not appear to make any adjustments when she struggled to get Holm to the canvas and repeatedly absorbed counter left hands. Holm brutally finished the fight with a head kick and follow-up ground punches 59 seconds into the second round.
"We didn’t create this in one day, and it's not going to be taken away from us, from me, from her, from anybody in one day," Tarverdyan told ESPN. "Whatever happens in her career or in her life, we didn't do all this s--t for it to be taken away from us. In life, things are going to be taken away from you. But we always believe in each other. We're strong next to each other. Being united and being strong helps you get through a lot in this world."
UFC President Dana White has already announced that Rousey will get an immediate rematch with Holm when she is ready to return. Rousey brushed off retirement talk, but confirmed that things could definitely change should she fall to Holm again.
"I guess it's all going to be determined by what happens in the rematch," Rousey said. "Everything is going to be determined by that. Either I'll win and keep going or I won't and I'll be done with everything."