We asked UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to discuss some of the people chiefly responsible for her success. We will post one each day leading up to Rousey’s first defense of her 135-pound title Saturday against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Today, Rousey talks about Edmond Tarverdyan, her striking coach who runs Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale North Hollywood and has been in Rousey’s corner — figuratively and literally — throughout her MMA career:
Edmond is everything. He’s the brains behind the whole fight camp. He’s like one of my best friends. He’s my mentor. He’s my coach, He’s the person that … he’s my guardian. He oversees everything. He makes sure I’m OK. He’s so on top of everything. He coordinates the whole camp.
He pretty much, like, I really feel like the whole team and the whole camp is led between me and him, really more like a partnership, where’s he’s the head coach and I’m the athlete that it’s all centered around. But we really make every decision together, the both of us. We really make sure we agree before we take any sort of action.