Ronda Rousey’s mother voiced her negative opinion of her daughter’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, late last year. Now the fighter’s mom, AnnMaria DeMars, is speaking out against Tarverdyan once again.
“I predicted it in advance,” DeMars said of Rousey’s upset loss to Holly Holm. “Ronda trained with an idiot. She trained with an idiot who’s a fraud. I would be shocked to find out if that guy has any record at all. I saw him fight once, and he fought somebody who had a record of like 6–20 and won a decision against somebody who had a drastically losing record.”
“She needs to get away from some egomaniac fraud and be herself,” DeMars continued during an interview on Submission Radio. “And Ronda as herself can beat anybody on the planet. So I’m sad about it, but you become an adult and you make decisions and sometimes you make mistakes, and hopefully you learn from those mistakes.”
Tarverdyan has run into legal issues after making “significant errors” on paperwork. The trainer had his license revoked in the state of California after he did not disclose his criminal background. He also was investigated after filing for bankruptcy on the basis that he has no income.
“I hope that he loses his license or goes to jail, because either of those are a possibility,” DeMars said. “So yeah, I think if she changes, if she changes her training camp, she has an outstanding chance of winning. If she doesn’t—you know what—as a statistician, one thing we tell people all the time is, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. If you do the same things with the same people, you can expect the same results.”
- Xandria James