Here’s What Coach Edmond Told Ronda Rousey During UFC 207 Loss


With this kind of advice, it’s no surprise Edmond Tarverdyan is considered a joke…

Returning amid at the end of a huge year for the UFC, former women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey had a bad night in the octagon. Reigning champion Amanda Nunes made it ugly early on at UFC 207, and ‘Rowdy’ was gone in under a minute. Having been out of the game for over a year, Rousey’s last fight went down at UFC 193. Her striking game came under fire after the Holly Holm fight, and it was her coach who was mainly taking the heat.

Becoming a target for tons of criticism, Edmond Tarverdyan also felt the brunt of Rousey’s first ever loss. After her performance at UFC 207, don’t be surprised if coach Edmond takes some more flack. Reading exactly what he told ‘Rowdy’ during her loss to Nunes, even more questions are raised about Tarverdyan’s methods.


Coach Edmond’s Corner Advice

Transcribed by, Edmond Tarverdyan’s UFC 207 corner advice is intriguing, to say the least. Instead of giving Rousey advice on what techniques to use, Edmond seemed more intent on randomly blurting out the preferred outcome. Read it for yourself and see what you think:

Tarverdyan: Make her miss, miss, miss! Ronda, make her miss!

Second cornerman: Be patient. Pick your moments

Fight starts. Tarverdyan: Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement! Head movement!

Tarverdyan: Yes, move!

Rousey is already taking a few punches at this point, unable to properly defend. She continues to take damage as the following takes place.

Tarverdyan: Hands up! Hands up! Hands up! Catch her! Clinch! Second cornerman: Get to the head!

Rousey is unable to get the clinch, starts taking worse damage as Nunes lands some power shots.

Tarverdyan: Head movement! Good job! Jab!

Rousey is unable to establish the jab or fight back. She takes a defensive position with a high guard on her left side as she continues to take more punishment.

Tarverdyan: Move, move! Come on, please!

Rousey starts to move to her left as more shots keep coming.

Tarverdyan: Move, move, move! Clinch, clinch, clinch, clinch, clinch, clinch!!

Nunes finishes Rousey, makes the shushing sign as she walks triumphantly around the cage.


Nunes makes her way to Tarverdyan and says a few things before popping her head out of the cage to say a few more bon mots. Edmond remains quiet during this part.

Tarverdyan: (as Amanda walks away) Move, (unintelligible)… move! Fuck!

Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Within the space of just 48 seconds, Edmond Tarverdyan again makes a terrible impression. Similar to when he told Ronda she was winning against Holm, Edmond telling her ‘good job’ while she was being destroyed is just bemusing. Instead of telling her ‘move’ or ‘head movement,’ Tarverdyan needed to give Rousey technical advice. In this scenario, ‘time her strikes and counter with a shot to single or settle for the clinch’ would have been more succinct. Obviously this is a hindsight piece of advice, and means little coming from anyone but Rousey’s trainer.

The sad truth is that if Ronda Rousey hadn’t trained better striking, she wouldn’t have displayed it, defensively or offensively. There’s one man responsible for that, and he may well be the biggest fraud in MMA history, and that’s saying something in this sport.

  • Bill Wolf

    Mother knew best.

  • Jamie Oakley

    It’s easy for everyone to bang on about Edmond but at the end of the day Rousey needed to display some of her own fight IQ and she didn’t, something that many of us have been pointing out for a long time.

    Walking into haymakers with an upright body position with no intention of attempting the takedown, hoping to time catching the arm for a judo throw is asking for trouble against someone with the power of Nunes. It took four punches before Rousey’s legs were gone and it was only going to end one way after that.

    At least she can retire now and get away from the toxic fans this sport has, the people who had her as a profile picture when she was on top but now post memes about her losing. You guys are the real embarrassment here, not someone who puts its all on the line day in day out to be the best.

    • Juan Diablo

      How many accounts do you have Edmund?

    • SirLoinCloth

      As the saying goes, “You show no mercy, you get none”.
      She was an arrogant brat that beat up a bunch of tomato cans. Yeah she was the breakout star, but women’s MMA was not as talented at the time. Now that the pool has gotten bigger, Ronda went from big fish in a small fish to a small fish in a bigger pond. And if she really was “the best”, she would have lasted longer last night than CM Punk did against Gail.

      In short, the only embarrassment is your white knighting.

    • r Negoro

      The haymaker literally led to the ko.

  • Expatriot American in Europe

    Very poor judgement and highly unprofessional behavior all around for the Rousey team. HANG IT UP!

  • Angelos Joe

    I think her striking training was comprehensive but her defense and mobility on getting out of situations is lousy. She should have had a lot of live sparring sessions with real boxers preferably men so she’ll learn how it is to be hit hard and her natural body defense will automatically shift to the skil training she did on training. Ronda doesnt even know where to go even before she got hit the first time…

  • consciousnes

    i feel for all the other girls in the division who have to face Amanda Nunez next .
    i see a few retiring rather as fight for that belt.

    • Stark Zwillig

      Nunes almost lost to Shevchecnko in her fight before Tate. Did you see the last round of that fight?

      • spacemtn61

        Royce Gracie “almost lost” every fight he fought. Almost doesn’t count.

      • r Negoro

        Shevchenko is the only one left now that can beat nunez. And shev was never KOed. Nunez ran the last round, she knows how scary shev is. Her speed is crazy.

    • likeucare

      I know ight? Look at her grossly deformed head. Her and cyborg look like they are related…btw male hormones.

  • spacemtn61

    I think Rousey has been exposed for what she is, a One Trick Pony. She fought mostly sub par female fighters. And now that there are real female warriors in the division, she’s outclassed. Rousey needs to take her ego back to Hollywood where it belongs.

    • Juan Diablo

      Hollywood wanted the undefeated record. Hollywood isn’t an option anymore for someone who has her attitude and looks

  • Wabbit

    Retaining Tarverdyan as her coach was Rousey’s second career-ending decision; believing her own hype as a striker was certainly her first.

    • r Negoro

      You couldn’t have put it better. The fault lies in her on choosing the wrong strategy. Nunez pointed this out, why make an excellent grappler a striker? Tate had the right idea when fighting holm.

  • Chris Elements

    Only a fucking idiot who has never spent a single moment on the mats let alone in the cage can criticise the 48 seconds of cornering.

    ‘Head movement’ would be perfectly sound advice to any fighter at the very beginning of a fight, as would be ‘breathe’, ‘hands up’ etc.

    Whoever thought ‘time your shots and set up the single and settle for the clinch’ would be top cornering advice is a moron.
    You have clearly never cornered at grass roots let alone UFC level competition.

    It’s the first minute of the fight. As a cornerman (and yes I have cornered in excess of 100 MMA fights to know) you barely want to say anything at the beginning; let your fighter settle into his/her stride and find short concise instructions to repeat. “Chin down”, “hands high”, “use your jab” is about as complex as it needs to be when both fighters are fresh and capable of a clean knock out.
    Later on the cornering can become more technical. But saying zero for the first minute is not wrong. Its just how this fight played out that it was over in 48 seconds. Rouseys striking can be criticised but her cornerman can’t be faulted for what took place in 48 seconds. The start of any fight is a whirlwind let alone a UFC world championship fight.

    Shows how little you know about fighting if you can criticise 48 seconds of cornering. Go back to the gym and learn a little about the sport before talking nonsense on your website.

    • Juan Diablo

      Edmund is that you? lol

    • ShaneHavoc

      What you seem to fail to realize is the fact that all of the time before the fight preparing is on HIS shoulders. She didn’t get better. She got worse. And that was evident in the Holm fight. Edmond Tarverdyan is a fraud. Every single fighter, he’s coached STINKS in boxing. Period.

      • RAULxPUDD

        Plenty of known good coaches have fighters that struggle in their areas of expertise. With the example of advice we have from this fight his advice was correct and Ronda applied none of it. I think Ronda just has trouble translating her striking to the cage in a real fight, hitting a bag is one thing. And she wouldnt be the first fighter to struggle with that transition nor the last. Say whatever about the gameplan and his coaching but the advice he gave her in that short time was the correct advice..she simply got tagged and rattled and never applied any of it correctly. If she fails they fail….but a lot of variables go into a fight..he doesnt shoulder the blame alone.

        • Red4Life

          RAULxPUDD I couldnt have put it better if i tried!

      • Donald Jay Simmons

        You could see it in her face change. She was mean-mugging, and then she got hit. Her eyes bugged, fear/pain set in and she questioned in her mind why she ever got in the octagon with this monster. She is done. She isn’t hungry, and doesn’t need this- her heart isn’t in it.

    • Travis Bradford

      Thank you for writing exactly what I wanted to say. Criticize the prep and game plan, but those instructions during the fight were just fine.

      • Alan G.

        If that’s as good as advice as a cornerman can give, then they’re the equivalent of a first base coach in baseball. Let that one sink in.

        • Dan Stevens

          Some was relevant, some was`nt. Telling her to clinch when she was dazed is sound advice whether it is boxing or MMA, but at the same time he was`nt saying it enough or with any sense of the obvious urgency…. she was out on her feet a couple of times when the strikes were landing. That was a total gimme fight for Nunes, what a simple win for her. All she had to do was walk forward throwing left and rights and the win was hers, lol.
          Edmond did sound desperate when giving his advice, perhaps he should of changed the tone of his advice regarding head movement or the way he said it to make her take notice.
          Either way she never listened to any of it and looked terrible.
          She looked like she never wanted to be there all week.
          She could be the female Royce Gracie…. someone who just cannot strike properly.

      • Street

        Yuh, but Amanda was still spot on, in shushing him AFTER the fight, as in: Okay Eddy, you can shut up now. It’s over, WAY over, career wise.

    • JoRr

      yea i mean 48 seconds is nothing, I would blame him though for allowing her to try and box at all, as she clearly struggles with even the basics of boxing. I guess shes just too superior to be trying out all that head movement and footwork nonsense…

    • Red4Life

      Chris Elements I think the same as you. Im not saying edmund is a good or bad trainer but what he was shouting made sense. Ronda had NO head movement at all and her head was on the centre line, catching every punch square on her face so he shouted for head movement as thats what she needed at that very second. What should he have shouted? Do a 360 spinning kick and knock her out or to run away amanda will get tired? Whilst i do believe she would really benefit from being with jackson wink, roufsport, alliance,etc..etc she was only so dominant because the division was new and no-one had figured her judo out. Now that everyone is at a higher level ronda seems to have stalled in her progress, certainly in her boxing. I doubt we will see her again in the cage but nothing can take away from the work she did for women’s and the wholle mma world in bringing the average fan and the masses of newcomers into the mma world!

      • Gomly

        Of course she had head movement.

        Her head bounced every time Nunes tagged her.

    • trolog

      Gotta agree, Rondas head movement was non existent, I was shouting head movement at the screen, it was painfully obvious.

    • I’ve seen Trav coaching her at the Glendale facility, from what I’ve seen it is all offense, combos and speed, countering, but no defense. Perhaps he teaches great offensive boxing, but thats like making a plane with one wing, it just won’t fly.

    • VK

      Thank you for saying what I was thinking. Irresponsible and mean article.

    • quinn_erickson

      Since you opened with what you did, right back at you…
      Only a fucking idiot would defend Edmond at this point.
      He’s a one trick pony who got lucky when he found Ronda. He actually made her worse from the Holm fight to this disaster.
      At this point, his cornering needs criticism and he should be the laughing stock of MMA that he deserves to be. He took advantage of a very “needy” Ronda who has clingy issues(according to her mom) and cannot seem to break form this fraud.

  • Leslie

    Nice spelling of ‘analysis.’

  • Jim

    You are a horrible writer. Both technically, and content wise. I hope you have a “real” job…

  • Adolfo Mena

    in this video

    we can see ronda didnt do nothing about his coach was telling her! so… ronda must pay more attention to his corner!

  • HowardMac58

    Edmond and Rousey are a match made in heaven

  • Edmond is the reason why Ronda is Ronda. When she was winning and undefeated, everyone was all like Ronda can destroy Mayweather.

    After her FIRST lost, all of a sudden people hate on Edmond? LOL

    Anti-Semitic fuckers.

    • BJZ

      Lol, he’s Armenian douche… Not Jewish or Arabic, anti-Semitism is a non issue here. He’s a terrible example of a human being, just Google him.

  • Matthew Jackson

    I’m just glad everyone sees this fraud for what he is. Well, almost everyone. :/

  • r Negoro

    The idea wasn’t to let ronda rousey be a boxer……. She’s a good grappler, but she has bad defense against strikers that keep their distamce. The idea is how to use her judo techniques to close in and take it to the ground. She has to assume a few techniques, if headgrab fails, she can’t just rely on one technique. So the training shouldn’t be her boxing, instead she has to dodge boxing attacks and grapple with different styles, headgrab, tackle, sliding, dummy fall lure. The training partner should keep his distance with strikes and use anti grappling moves. Ronda has to figure out how to find that opening and employ a few set of skills, to counter the anti grappling.

  • My corner advice would have been “RUUUUUUUNNNNN” “RECOVER, RECOVER!!!” Ronda’s game plan looked like it was, press and pressure and she got caught with one of those dude punches really early.

  • David Dominguez

    How is the coach the fraud? I blame Rousey for poor selection of coaches. It looks like rousey is only to blame herself because she did not do her homework.

  • don

    The guy has no clue what he is doing, Shes lucky she didnt get hurt worse than she did .He is not qualified to train ANYONE at that level. I wouldnt trust him to train kids.