Ronda Rousey -- as well as her head trainer Edmond Tarverdyan -- have stayed out of the spotlight following her first-round knockout loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December of 2016.
Sure, Rousey has done a few interviews here and there and more recently got married in a private ceremony to Travis Browne a month ago, but “Rowdy” has rarely talked about her future in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Now, Tarverdyan is breaking his long silence following Rousey’s second straight loss, saying that he would love nothing more than to be able to train Ronda for at least one more fight.
“Regrets? Everything in life you do, I just really want to learn from it. I don’t think I regret anything we’ve done. I wish it could've been, you always have that, ‘It would’ve been different if we did it this way or did this and that,” he explained during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.
“We had a hell of a career and Ronda did an amazing job and she’s the best in the world and she proved that for many years and defended that title for a long time. She did amazing, we did amazing and I really do not regret... she’s stable, happy, doing her thing and very happy,” he added.
“I wish maybe we had another fight that we always wanted. Me and her, I don’t regret anything but I wish we had something more, you know what I mean? There is nothing that I really regret. We really did our best and we really put in the time in everything we did.”
To heard Edmond tell it, the one fight he wants Rousey to take is against a “slow” Cris Cyborg, as he confident Rousey can defeat the current women’s Featherweight champion. As far as Ronda’s own fighting plans, Edmond says he has talked to her about it, but at this point in her life returning to the fight game is 50-50.
“I don’t know. I can’t say that’s going to be her decision if she fights again. One more maybe. I have spoken to her if she would do it, but maybe one more fight. If she really can, if her body gives her one more fight and if she wants to mentally, she might. But, it’s 50-50 right now I would say,” he said.
After her knockout loss to Nunes, Edmond was criticized for implementing a standup gameplan against a striker like Nunes. And while he admits getting criticism from fellow coaches in the fight game like Duane Ludwig who at one point were “kissing his ass” was hurtful, the chirping from fans and everyone else didn’t bother him too much.
"Listen, I've trained little kids in martial arts programs in my gym and they grew up to be 4.0, 4.3 GPA students in high school,” he said. “They went to high school in Burbank, became a gymnastic coach. I've never trained in gymnastics, I gave them basics like rolls and backrolls, cartwheels, back hand springs, back tucks ... all that stuff just so they can become good martial artists.”
“These kids got out and hired as gymnastic coach in Burbank YMCA, so I know I know how to coach. The fight game, that's my life, I was a professional fighter.”
As far as the possibility of the dynamic duo parting ways, Tarverdyan says that was never even a thought.
“I never thought that with one (loss) fight thought that Ronda would leave. We started this when women’s MMA wasn’t what it was. Ronda was the one that brought it up. We did this together,” said Edmond.
“And all those days that we did this together, slowly and got into UFC. We did this together and we were going to end this together and we knew that. We worked to that, we had a goal and a dream, vision and focus. We were going to do it all the way and end it together. Ronda started with me on her first amateur fight.”
While Tarverdyan wants another fight, UFC president Dana White, for one, isn’t interested.