It hasn't been a great holiday season for Ronda Rousey.
Rather than cap a meteoric 2015 with a dutiful win over Holly Holm at UFC 193, Rousey saw her mystique come crashing down with a headkick from the former boxing world champ.
Rousey has been fairly silent since November, but stopped speculation of coaching changes when she told ESPN that she planned on sticking with longtime trainer Edmond Tarverdyan.
A friend of Rousey's, UFC commentator Joe Rogan says the former champ was exposed by Holm and needs to make major changes to her game.
"Ronda's got to go to a camp that has the full arsenal," Rogan told Stephie Haynes of Bloody Elbow. "She's got to go to a Firas Zahabi or a Matt Hume, or someone like that, in my opinion. If I was talking to her, that's what I would tell her. I'd say, ‘You can't just train with a judo coach and Edmond holds the pads for you.'
"Edmond has definitely done some great things for her boxing technique, that can't be denied. Her combinations when she hits the pads are very impressive, but there are other elements that come with striking. It's not just about throwing your hands and having the technique look good."
Rogan says he's been impressed with Rousey's boxing, but believes Rousey needs a more well-rounded approach from someone with "a proven track record as a coach."
"I think she needs someone who will objectively assess her game as an outsider, not someone like Edmond, who trained her from the beginning with mitts; she needs someone else, as well. She needs someone who is going to be able to look at the big picture of her overall MMA game, and then rebuild.
"She's gonna need a massive overhaul. When we talk about MMA being high level problem solving, Holly Holm solved the problem. She had all the answers and she got a f***ing A+."
With a busy acting schedule that doesn't appear to slowing down, Rogan believes Rousey needs to reevaluate her priorities if she wants to compete with the best in the world.
"The other advice to Ronda Rousey is you've got to figure out what you want to do. Do you want to be a gigantic celebrity or do you want to be the best fighter on the planet? Because if you want to be the best fighter on the planet, you have to pursue that only. I think with this movie bullshit, she could pull it off with some of the girls with all these distractions and all this nonsense, but I don't think they allow her the amount of resources--mental, physical, everything...all of the above--that she's going to need at her disposal to be the very best that she can be.
"You don't want to be good enough, you want to be the best that you can be. I don't think she was the best that she could be. In my eyes, she was not properly prepared for that fight, whether physically or technically."
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