Ronda Rousey’s mother thinks her daughter’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, is a bad person, she told LatiNation in a video interview released on Tuesday.
“He’s a bad person and people should not go there,” Rousey’s mother AnnMaria DeMars said. “And if he wants to sue me, that’s my honest opinion.”
In the video, DeMars also calls Tarverdyan a “terrible coach” because of his unwillingness to train Rousey when she first came to the Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles as a teenager.
“She was one of the top athletes in the world when she walked in there and he wouldn’t even give her the time of day for months,” DeMars recalled. “Somebody like that is a terrible coach.”
DeMars believes the undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion has kept Tarverdyan as her coach because she is superstitious.
“I think she stays there, because it’s like somebody pitches a no-hitter when they’re wearing red underwear and they wear that red underwear every day,” DeMars said. “I think it’s superstition and I would caution anybody from going there.”
Rousey (12–0, 6–0 UFC) will attempt to defend her title on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia against fellow unbeaten fighter Holly Holm (9–0, 2–0 UFC).
Watch DeMars’s full interview below.
- Kayla Lombardo