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Josh Barnett: Ronda Rousey's coach has done a 'good job in her development'

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ronda Rousey's coach Edmond Tarverdyan has received plenty of criticism as of late.

Maybe it's because Rousey's mother AnnMaria De Mars said Tarverdyan is "extremely disrespectful" to woman, or the fact that he reportedly claimed to have zero income in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy statement he filed on July while training one of the highest-paid athletes in MMA. Or maybe, it's because Rousey's upset loss to Holly Holm back at UFC 193 caused many people to question Tarverdyan's training.

But one man that knows a thing or two about fighting, has a different opinion than most do on Tarverdyan's training.

"The time that I was around him and some of the things I saw him show as a coach, I thought were pretty good," said the former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase Josh Barnett on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I think that he's done a pretty fair job with Ronda overall considering she's been undefeated."

"Now, I know people say that you wouldn't have to do anything for her but just put the gloves on her, and give her some water, but I disagree with that. I think he's had a good part in her development as a fighter."

Barnett is sure the Olympic judoka has made a lot of improvement in her game from the first day she started training with Tarverdyan. The 'Warmaster' also believes that there are more things to consider than just technique.

"You know, there is more to being a coach than just techniques. I imagine that her mentality towards going into the ring has been bolstered by the way he trains her," said Barnett.

The 41-fight MMA veteran and number six ranked UFC heavyweight has experience training women in MMA even before woman's MMA was as popular as it is today. Barnett has trained the likes of Megumi Fujii, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir and more.

Barnett is currently scheduled to fight Ben Rothwell on Jan. 30 at UFC on Fox 18. Although Barnett is not worried about Rothwell's dance skills, he believes the fight with the fellow 'nerd' may come down to other factors.

"This fight might be decided by a game of magic or Street Fighter 2. You never know," explained Barnett.

UFC on Fox 18 will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. UFC light-heavyweights Ryan Bader and Anthony Johnson are scheduled to headline the card.