Even when he stood alongside the most hyped supposed immortal in the history of the game amidst her seemingly unstoppable UFC reign, Edmond Tarverdyan had things pretty tough.
The coach was always a subject of ridicule amongst hardcore MMA fans, who felt that Ronda Rousey was getting by on sheer talent alone and that Tarverdyan was merely riding her coat-tails.
He got absolutely no credit when she was at the pinnacle but when she was defeated, brutally head-kicked into oblivion, boy did he get criticism.
Of course, his number one fighter has yet to return since that November 2015 setback, and some wonder if she ever will. In the meantime however, Tarverdyan has been keeping himself busy with Rousey’s love interest, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.
That hasn’t been going swimmingly either though.
Last night at UFC 203, Browne dropped to 1-3 in his last four fights when former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum bested him via decision for the second time. It was his second loss in a row.
A tough run for Browne and, indeed, Tarverdyan.
To make matters even worse for the trainer though, he also had to take a stiff front-kick to the midsection from Werdum during a surprising post-fight incident.
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Later, Werdum blamed Tarverdyan, Browne and his team for the scuffle.
“This coach comes in, he says ‘hey shut up your mouth [expletive],'” said Werdum, according to FoxSports. That was not an entirely unfair reaction to Werdum’s gesturing. “I said what?” continued the Brazilian. “I just kicked for distance. He is a boxing coach and I could see it in his eyes that he wanted to punch my face. I just kicked for distance. That’s it.”
“He came first. He said a lot of bad things, you know? My mom says never say bad things about nobody, I said OK, but he started it.”
That last quote, coming from the mouth of one of the baddest men on the planet, is downright surreal.