Edmond Tarverdyan Thinks Ronda Rousey Could Still Beat Cyborg


Ronda Rousey has largely chosen to stay out of the limelight following her knockout loss to Amanda Nunes in her long-awaited return at last December’s UFC 207.

She even went as far as to have her wedding to UFC heavyweight Travis Browne on August 26, the same day as Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. While she has appeared at WWE events that will reportedly lead to her pro-wrestling debut, it’s a strategy she’s implemented ever since her first knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 almost two years back.

Few believe she will ever come back to fighting, and that’s kept the criticism of her oft-blasted head coach Edmond Tarverdyan to a minimum. That is, until today, when Tarverdyan appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to fire back at his critics before voicing his desire for Rousey to come back for one more fight. Not surprisingly, it was her oft-rumored but never capitalized-upon match with current UFC women’s featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino:

“That’s the one,” Tarverdyan said. “I want that fight. When I trained Ronda, I know Ronda could beat Cyborg. I know that. Cyborg is too slow.”

Tough words from Tarverdyan considering Cyborg is unbeaten since her first MMA fight in May 2005 and has cut a swath through every opponent she has faced since outside of one no contest. Rousey also doesn’t appear motivated to fight the best females in MMA anymore, but Tarverdyan insisted that ‘Rowdy’ would be motivated by Cyborg’s prior use of steroids:

“I don’t know. I don’t know. We’ll live and we’ll see. If injuries weren’t there and everything was where it was, we would take that fight and I’m telling you she’s too slow for us. And Ronda will beat her. Ronda needs a challenge that she really needs to be like this person is no good and I need to prove something to the whole world. That’s how Ronda works good.

“And she didn’t have that with Holly, she’s the one that pushed and wanted some aggressiveness before the weigh-ins. This one she has it. She said she cheated before, she’s hurt women and she wants to come and beat her.”

With that said, Tarverdyan also believes Rousey is now in a good place mentally thinks to her marriage to Browne, and that would also propel her to a victory over Cyborg:

“That’s why if she wants to make a comeback and get one fight, I think she will do the best she’s ever done and I think she’ll be victorious. Because I know Ronda’s personality, because she’s happy right now and she has a good challenge in front of her that she focuses on. I think whatever she wants to do right now, she can do. It’s in her mind.”

Many have billed Tarverdyan as a sort of snake oil salesman who took Rousy away from her world-class judo background so he could trick her into thinking she was an elite striker, something that proved painfully true when she faced true great strikes like Nunes and Holm.

Would Rousey really have any chance at Cyborg if her mind was right, or is Tarverdyan just getting his name back in the media in hopes of one last major payday?

  • Victor Ferreira

    LOL If Amanda who is the seconde best female ever almost kill Ronda, imagine what the best would do to her… Cyborg is GOAT!

    • james

      It was a silly statement since you don’t need much speed to hit someone with no defense but cyborg nor nunes are the best female fighters. I would say Nunes is a significantly better tested fighter than cyborg however, who hasn’t really fought anyone but cans her whole career. Small cans at that.

      • All_Seeing_Eye

        So any female who isn’t these two are cans…..ok

        • james

          Can you point out cyborgs opponents you feel are amazing fighters and in her weight class?

          Like I said Nunes is far better tested, however I think the lower weight divisions hold more skilled fighters than certainly female featherweight. Cyborg doesn’t even always fight featherweight probably more lower division fighters than 145ers.
          Even.a 125 or two.

          • leonaidis

            The reason why Cyborg is fighting “cans” is because these “cans” are the only ones willing to fight her. All the better fighters knows how good and strong Cyborg is, and they know to stay away from her. Cyborg is a head of her time, perhaps in 5 – 10 years she would have more competition, but right now, she’s just that much better than anybody else.

          • james

            Ihaven’t seen any proof of that. She was badly beaten with two 10-8 rounds her last stand up fight. Plenty of 5 8″ dudes can cut to 135 never mind struggle to make 145. If she truly wanted to test herself she would have gotten serious with diet and conditioning to lower her walk around weight.

            Her striking really hasn’t only gotten good in the last 2 years imo.

          • leonaidis

            Why then doesn’t anyone want to fight her? Are you as a experienced fighter as all the fighters that turned down a fight with Cyborg? If she was just hype, like Ronda or Conor, there would be fighters lining up for a shot at her, but they are not, because they know how damn strong and good she is. The UFC even offers a bigger pay than normal if you fight Cyborg, but even that doesn’t help.

            If she’s no good, why is it so hard to get her opponents?

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  • All_Seeing_Eye

    Edmond, you are a terrible coach, you have no credibility with me.

  • bananaboy

    i could beat jon jones too if this idiot was my coach

  • Jim Swade

    this guy is just looking for attention… I doubt Honda wants that fight.

    • buddy

      she’s in a new weight class now as “Honda” lol


    Tarverdyan don’t know shit it be suicide for Rousey , I don’t think she will her eyes on wwe

  • Murderous1

    Stupid clown you want to get paid while Ronda gets hurt you can’t even coach yourself to beat Cyborg

  • DG

    No Edmund. Here’s how that would go from your perspective:

    Head moveMENT! head moveMENT! head moo-NOOO-NOOO-NOOOOO!

    That’s right, Ed. She would get KTFO in less than three head movements.

  • Wabbit

    Rousey had ample time after her defeat to Holm, in order to reset and improve her striking skills; the lack of which was exposed when she fought an accomplished striker.

    Instead, she made the same career damaging mistake as Jake Ellenberger and Travis Browne, continuing to rely upon Tarverdyan’s coaching “expertise”. Coaching is usually considered a results-based profession, yet Tarverdyan appears not to have grasped that concept.

    Besides, Cyborg put it best:

    [“I believe it’s better for her to fight Miesha Tate. I’m in another stage of my career. I wanted to fight Ronda when she was psychologically well and confident.”]

  • jess fenchley

    Edmond just wants to get paid. He never gave a crap about Ronda. Ronda has better things to do than fight a much bigger, heavier dude………..