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Former Glendale fighter: Maybe Rousey should listen to her Mother more

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Georgi Karakhanyan, a former student of Edmond Tarverdyan, thinks that Ronda Rousey should "listen to her mother a little more".

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Many have tried to analyse where things went wrong for Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. The Olympic bronze medalist was brutally knocked out by Holly Holm in the 2nd round of the main event.

Fans were quick to point the finger at her coach Edmond Tarverdyan, who heads Glendale Fighting Club in California. Prior to UFC 194, Rousey's mother said she'd run Tarverdyan over in her car if it wasn't against the law, and referred to the Armenian-born trainer as a "terrible" coach and a "bad" person.

"I'm not going to be quiet about this anymore. He's a bad person and people should not go there. And if he wants to sue me, that's my honest opinion," Dr. Ann Maria De Mars said last month.

In light of the post-fight criticism of Tarverdyan, former Glendale Fighting Club member Georgi Karakhanyan has weighed in on the matter. The Bellator featherweight fighter says maybe "Rowdy" should listen to her mother more.

"I think Ronda, she makes her own choices," Karakhanyan said. "Maybe she should listen to her mother a little more. And I think whatever her mother wants her to do, she should do it. I don't think it's my call for her to leave whoever. Whatever she wants to do."

Karakhanyan continues by saying that Rousey's coach shouldn't be receiving so much negativity. According to the 30-year-old, "Rowdy" should focus more on sparring with MMA gloves.

"You can't blame the coach all the time," Karakhanyan said. "But let me tell you one thing, too. Looking good on the mitts? Everyone can look good on the mitts. I can shadowbox for 10 hours in front of the mirror and it's like false information for myself. Like, 'Oh man, I'm ready for this fight.'"

"She needs more sparring with maybe MMA gloves instead of boxing gloves. You can grab anyone from the street and mitt them up every day and in six months they'll look ridiculous on the mitts. I think MMA has its own stand up. I think if you disagree with that, you're gonna hit moments like that. I think MMA has its own stand-up and you have to respect MMA. Just like how we respect boxing, because boxing has its own science. But if a boxer comes to MMA, he'll get his ass taken down and TKO'd or submitted."

Ronda Rousey has been largely absent from social media since the loss, however, a Thanksgiving photo surfaced on Instagram last week. The former bantamweight champion has vowed to return to the UFC after taking some time off.

Georgi Karakhanyan is scheduled to take on Daniel Weichel at Bellator 147 on December 4th in San Jose.

(Transcripts via MMAFighting.com)