Ronda Rousey's trainer: UFC 200 may be too soon for Holly Holm rematch
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Ronda Rousey's trainer: UFC 200 may be too soon for Holly Holm rematch
Thursday January 28th, 2016

Ronda Rousey's trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, believes that UFC 200 may be too soon for a rematch with Holly Holm, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

“I don't see it in July at this point,” Tarverdyan told ESPN. “Ronda did three fights last year. I think she deserves time off. That's what [UFC president] Dana [White] said, too. So we've spoke about that. You know Dana judges things very fairly, and he completely understood.”

Tarverdyan says that Rousey may need about four months to prepare for her next fight as she wraps up filming the movie “Road House” in the spring. 

“If you watch her career, she was fighting back-to-back," he added. “Even her amateur fights, she took a lot of fights back-to-back. Of course, she got [quick] finishes, but it's not only about the ring time, it's about the training. She's trained very hard to give it 100 percent every day, so you know, that's hard for the body. Ronda has been through a lot. She's had knee surgeries ... and we don't want to end up with the same thing, having another knee surgery, so we need to relax a little bit, take our time and get her in better shape slowly and mentally and physically.”

Holm is 10–0 in her MMA career after knocking out Rousey at UFC 193 in November. Tarverdyan described it as the “biggest loss of his career.”

Holm signed a multi-fight contract extension at the beginning of the year and will fight Miesha Tate in her next bout at UFC 197​. The outcome of that match could effect the scheduling of the rematch against Rousey.

“You will see Ronda Rousey fight again,” UFC President Dana White said earlier in the month. “Ronda has dedicated the last three-plus years to working hard here. Not just fighting, but promoting and taking the sport and the UFC to a whole other level. Ronda has some well-deserved time off but she will fight this year.”


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