It looks like T.J. Dillashaw isn't the only UFC bantamweight champion to find themselves in the middle of a coaching feud. Whether it's something in the air, a newly awakened curse, or just strange coincidence, Ronda Rousey is finding herself stuck in a new whirlwind of controversy surrounding her head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan. Unlike in the Dillashaw case, however, it isn't a fellow trainer at odds with the head of the Glendale Fight Club, but Rousey's mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars. And she says that the coach's negative attitudes toward woman are an ongoing problem. (transcription via MMAFighting)
"Because he is extremely disrespectful to women," De Mars told Pro MMA Now's Rhadi Ferguson, elaborating on her previous comments about disliking Tarverdyan. "If you read in Ronda's book, you know when she walked into his gym she had been a junior world gold medalist, Olympic medalist, world medalist in judo and he didn't give her the time of day. And he has had that exact same pattern with many women in the gym and I have seen it with my own eyes where they train there and it's basically a waste of their time. And they're talked to in a way that just makes my jaw drop."
Compounding the problems with Tarverdyan's treatment of women athletes is Ronda Rousey's career success. De Mars didn't shy away from pointing the finger at her own daughter as part of the problem, a public figure that gives Glendale Fight Club a lot of positive exposure.
"We talked about it before and last time she was like, 'Oh, I've got a fight coming up,'" De Mars said. "You only get that pass from me once. Whoever she wants to date, whatever she wants to do in her career, that's her business. But if you're in a situation where you're really causing harm to other people by being used as bait to lure people in there, I think somebody needs to speak out. All I did was say publicly what people have been whispering for years, but no one had the balls to speak up, because Edmond is like that gatekeeper to Ronda. It's just nauseating."
And just to add insult to injury, Rousey's mom pointed out that, outside of her daughter, Tarverdyan doesn't exactly have a track record as a great coach. "People actually do worse, but he keeps telling them how great they are, how great they're doing and they stay there. It's pathetic."
That's a pretty harsh condemnation of the head trainer for the biggest star in the sport today. Rousey and her mother have a history of butting heads over her professional career, including Rousey's decision to run away from home shortly after her 18th birthday. That move led to the two of them not talking for two years.
It's hard to say how much her mother's opinion weighs into Rousey's decision making these days, but at the moment the bantamweight champion appears to be directly in the line of fire for this war of words.