Ronda Rousey seems set to enter the world of faux combat or sports entertainment with the WWE, but her longtime MMA coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, hopes the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion will consider taking one more real fight inside the octagon at some point in the future.
During an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Tarverdyan said that he would like to see his student take on a woman who has long been her verbal sparring partner but never an actual opponent – recently crowned UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.
“That’s the one,” Tarverdyan told Ariel Helwani. “I want that fight. When I trained Ronda, I know Ronda could beat Cyborg. I know that. Cyborg is too slow(Transcription via MMAFighting).”
Though Rousey’s once mighty aura lays in tatters following brutal back-to-back knockout defeats and Justino continues to be a ruthless merchant of blood-curdling violence who hasn’t lost since her professional debut some twelve years ago, this fight would undoubtedly be a box office and Pay-per-view smash. After all, the pair’s feud dates all the way back to their days in Strikeforce and has always been a headline-grabber.
The temptation of another big payday might be a tempting one to Rousey, but Tarverdyan believes the fight offers so much more than that. The 35-year-old California-based coach thinks that the very personal nature of the lengthy feud between the two fighters and Rousey’s oft-expressed belief that ‘Cyborg’ is a drug-cheat might inspire the ‘Rowdy’ one on to a vintage performance.
“I don’t know,” said Tarverdyan. “I don’t know. We’ll live and we’ll see. If injuries weren’t there and everything was where it was, we would take that fight and I’m telling you she’s too slow for us. And Ronda will beat her. Ronda needs a challenge that she really needs to be like this person is no good and I need to prove something to the whole world. That’s how Ronda works good.
“And she didn’t have that with Holly, she’s the one that pushed and wanted some aggressiveness before the weigh-ins. This one she has it. She said she cheated before, she’s hurt women and she wants to come and beat her.
“That’s why if she wants to make a comeback and get one fight, I think she will do the best she’s ever done and I think she’ll be victorious because I know Ronda’s personality, because she’s happy right now and she has a good challenge in front of her that she focuses on. I think whatever she wants to do right now, she can do. It’s in her mind.”
Just like fans however, Tarverdyan will just have to wait to see what the future holds for he and Rousey, as she has yet to give him any indication either way.
“It’s gonna be her decision, if she fights,” Tarverdyan said. “One more, I don’t know. I’ve spoken to her. I don’t know if she’ll do it. One more fight, maybe. If she really can. If her body does give her one more fight and she really wants to mentally, she might. It’s 50-50 right now I would say.”