Ronda Rousey's Coach Says She'd Knock Out Cyborg Justino
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.08.2014
Edmond Tarverydyan discusses Rousey's condition and more...
Ronda Rousey's MMA coach Edmond Tarverydyan spoke with MMA Fighting about Rousey's condition, a potential fight with Cyborg Justino and more. Check out the highlights:
On how Rousey's doing: "She's looking great right now. Her mind is good. She trains very hard. I said if you come in the gym and don't give it your best, then you're not happy training they way you do. I'll notice that and we'll call it a night. Right now, our job is to make sure she's healthy. In the Olympic judo system and the four-year terms, it's different. Every time you have different kinds of competitions and you have to win the rankings and you're on on on, so the body dies out. That's why a lot of fighters out there that have so many amateur fights in boxing, let's say, 300 fights. When they get in a professional fight, some of those guys are a bit tired. They're like, 'Oh God'. Another 10 years, 15 years of this, that's too much because they've had such spectacular amateur careers. With Ronda right now, it's to pace her the right way to get, to get the fights at the right timing. She's looking great. She's looking unstoppable. There's good fights out there for her. She'll still be performing. She trains motivated and she wants to look better every time. She told everybody after at the press conference she knows she can be better than that."
On keeping Rousey at her best: "Every fight I'm so hard on her. We get back to the gym and I start telling her what the mistakes were. She looks at me, puts her head down and listens to me. She's an amazing athlete. To me, an amazing student. This fight I'd say she performed great. So, I told her, 'Ronda, be proud of yourself. There's nothing I'm going to tell you you don't know. That was an amazing knockout.' It was good. We'll make sure she's healthy, she's good, and we'll figure it out."
On a potential fight with Justino: "Absolutely, I like that fight. I love that fight. Ronda knows, I spoke to Ronda. I said, 'You knock out Cyborg any given day.' Ronda knocks out Cyborg. I believe even with one hand she fights Cyborg, she beats her. But that's an exciting fight. That's what I believe, but that's a great fight, yes. Cyborg is a swinger, she's tough. She'll let her hands go and then she'll get into a fight with Ronda and that's an exciting fight. But what I believe with my fighter is my fighter is the best in the world. I would love to see that fight."
On whether it will happen: "If they can make it happen. Let her come off that which she's doing and make it fair and square, come down, they know where Ronda is. I would love that fight. I think the fans want to see that fight. I think MMA fans in the world really want to see an insane striker go up against, I would say a polished, precise common striker. So let's do it. I would love that fight."
On Justino as her next opponent: "Ronda is in the best shape of her life. Ronda's in her prime. It doesn't matter. We could take that fight next fight. We just gotta talk to the UFC and Dana and see what's on the table and we'll figure it out. Right now I can't tell if it should be the next fight or the fight after that, but she's ready to go."