Edmond Tarverdyan is not doing himself any favors.
Now that Ronda Rousey lost her UFC women's bantamweight title to Holly Holm, thanks to a blistering second-round knockout in the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) main event last Saturday night (Nov. 14, 2015) in Australia (replay), "Rowdy" fans will inevitably play the blame game.
Starting with Tarverdyan's post-fight comments to ESPN:
"The game plan was pressing. We knew Holly Holm was going to keep the distance. So we had to feint and get inside and pressure the right way so we can get on the side of the cage. I wouldn't say in the striking game she was getting the best of Ronda, you know, but I have to watch it again. But we know this was not a striking match; we know that Ronda is smart enough to take the fight where she is best at and today she did. Holly stopped an attempt on an armbar and stopped some of the takedowns. She did a good job."
Yeah ... about that.
It's easy to second-guess a losing gameplan -- when compared to a "mastermind" -- but on the surface, it's hard to overlook these comments. Especially when you consider that Tarverdyan told Rousey she was doing a good job in between rounds one and two.
Maybe that "mistake" wasn't so simple after all.