Commission Suspends Ronda Rousey’s Coach For Fraud

Edmond Tarverydyan

After formerly dominant UFC bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey surrendered her title in brutal fashion to Holly Holm last November, her coach, Edmond Tarverydan, received quite the criticism.

Not only has he been on the short side of some heavy backlash, but Tarverdyan has now run into another issue, as he has been suspended and fined by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

According to, the head coach of Glendale Fighting Club was punished essentially for lying on his application. Tarverdyan answered “no” in 2015 to a question asking whether or not he had any criminal offenses despite having been arrested in 2010 on felony charges regarding identity theft and resisting arrest.

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The commission handed down a three month suspension as well as a $5,000 fine.

Although he had interest in commenting on the matter today, Tarverydan did present a statement prior to the hearing, which also went down today (February 2, 2016):

“I want to first and foremost apologize to Executive Officer Andy Foster and the honorable commissioners,” Tarverdyan wrote. “I take my position and role in combat sports very seriously, and I regret if this matter has caused any embarrassment to the California State Athletic Commission.

“In my life, I have not concealed my past indiscretions from people I come into contact with. And I do not want to do so in this instance. I train many young athletes and when I see that they are heading down the wrong path in life, I often remind them of the mistakes and regrets of my past as a way to guide them onto the right track in life. I hope to continue to take the opportunity to help others in combat sports to make the correct moral and ethical decisions in their lives. And I intend to make the correct decisions in my life as well.”

Do you agree with the repercussions given to Tarverdyan?