Ronda Rousey is still one of the most popular fighters in the world, this after losing her UFC Bantamweight championship last fall to Holly Holm. Her knockout caught the world by surprise and was the talk of the sports world for weeks afterward, but one person who was not shocked is Rousey’s own mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars. She claims that she knew her daughter was bound for a loss in the bout due to her trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan.

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Speaking with Submission Radio, De Mars said:

I predicted it in advance, Ronda trained with an idiot. She trained with an idiot and a fraud. I would be shocked to find out that guy has any record at all. As far as I know, I saw him fight once and he fought somebody that had a record of like 6-20 and won on a split decision. The guy is a fraud. Ronda has a lot of talent. She came into that gym with a very strong background of training at the Olympic level and it carried her a long way.

A former world champion in Judo, De Mars doubled down on her stance, citing that Tarverdyan’s cornering methods when Rousey was slumped on the stool after the first round of her bout with Holm were the telltale signs.


The difference between me and these other fighters’ moms is that I actually was a world champion. I didn’t just make it up and put it on my website. I actually really did compete for 14 years. So when someone is talking about coaching I know if it’s bulls**t and this guy is a complete fraud. It didn’t surprise me for a second

She even goes as far as saying that Tarverdyan needs to be jailed for his incompetence.

I hope [Tarverdyan] loses his license or goes to jail because either of those is a possibility. I think if she changes gyms she has an outstanding chance of winning. If she doesn’t? As a statistician, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. If you do the same things with the same people you can expect the same results

With Rousey taking extensive time off after he loss, focusing on things pertaining to the entertainment world, Holm’s next bout will be against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March. If Holm is able to defend her title, an inevitable rematch with Rousey is expected to be the most anticipated fight in UFC history.