Boxer: Coach Lied About Rousey’s Boxing Success

When Ronda Rousey was on top of the game, stories of her high-class boxing abilities in the gym were common, and often spread by her own coaches. Given the way her two UFC losses have gone, many have begun to label these stories as tall tales. Now, one of the boxers Rousey used to train with has admitted that Rousey’s coach spread lies about the MMA’s stars abilities.

Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan has received a large amount of criticism for his handling of Rousey, both in training and as a cornerman during her fights. The other fighters in his stable, including Rousey’s boyfriend heavyweight Travis Browne, have performed poorly under Tarverdyan’s coaching.

In interviews during Rousey’s reign as UFC women’s bantamweight champion, many wondered if she could have a successful career in boxing. That was not so much a result of her striking ability in the cage, but more because of the hyperbole coming out of her training camp: Tarverdyan was often quoted as saying that Rousey could be a boxing world champion and she often dropped pro female boxers in sparring.

One of Rousey’s former training partners, WBC champion Diana Prazak, has spoken out after Rousey’s loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

“She was stiff, she’s not a striker, and you don’t punch a puncher, Prazak told Sky Sports (h/t BoxingScene).

 “She’s not a boxer, that’s not something you pick up in a couple months,” she continued. “I started working with Ronda over two years ago but, when she was going to fight Holly Holm, they stopped me being her sparring partner. Our spars were always battles, they were harder than the fights she was having. We had great sparring — she was getting better. My opinion? It wouldn’t have been good for her confidence to keep sparring me, and not being successful. Edmond made that decision. She isn’t a striker.”

Prazak also addressed Tarverdyan’s claims that Rousey was beating up boxing champions in sparring. She says that Edmond was actually referring to her — and the stories are false. 

“He was talking about me,” she said. “My trainer rang him to say ‘why would you make that up?’ It’s an untruth. I hope she comes back with a totally different team around her who looks after her safety.”

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