Not only did Ronda Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria DeMars, blast her daughter’s boyfriend, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, recently, but she he has now released a highly controversial opinion on her daughter’s longtime coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, as well.
In a recent video released by LatiNation, DeMars said that Tarverdyan is a “terrible coach”, and that Rousey was winning way before she ever stepped through the doors of the Glendale Fighting Club:
“I think Edmond is a terrible coach and I will say it publicly,” DeMars said. “I think he’s a terrible coach. I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there. She was winning before she ever met him. She probably won 99 percent of the judo matches she ever fought in.”
According to DeMars, Tarverdyan paid no attention to the UFC women’s bantamweight champion when she first showed up at his gym. Rousey’s mother also feels as if the superstar only remains at the gym due to superstition:
“She was one of the top athletes in the world when she walked in there and he wouldn’t even give her the time of day for months,” DeMars said. “Somebody like that is a terrible coach. And I think she stays there, because it’s like somebody pitches a no-hitter when they’re wearing red underwear and they wear that red underwear every day. I think it’s superstition and I would caution anybody from going there.”
Apparently DeMars has felt like this for quite some time, admitting that she told her daughter that she would not remain quiet about the “bad person” who is her coach any longer:
“I told Ronda, ‘I’m not going to be quiet about this anymore,'” Rousey said. “He’s a bad person and people should not go there. And if he wants to sue me, that’s my honest opinion.”
These are some serious allegations coming from DeMars, especially noting that it has always seemed that the relationship between Rousey, and Tarverdyan was quite a close one.
Could there be any truth to DeMars’ statements?