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Morning Report: Edmond Tarverdyan responds to critics of Ronda Rousey's performance against Holly Holm

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Don't count on seeing Ronda Rousey at UFC 200 in July.

The former women's bantamweight champ suffered a brutal headkick knockout to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November and her head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, doesn't see a July 9 rematch in the cards.

Rousey is set to star in a remake of "Road House" this spring and Tarverdyan wants four months after filming wraps to prepare for Holm.

"It was the biggest loss of my career," Tarverdyan told ESPN. "You know you won't ever want that to happen again. So what that means is, I've got to work harder. Every little thing I've got to be honest with and make sure that we're ready to go."

Tarverdyan's qualifications came under heavy fire during the fallout of Rousey's upset loss. Primarily a striking coach, Tarverdyan didn't seem to have much helpful advice for Rousey as she stumbled back to her corner following the first round of her bout with Holm. Even UFC commentator Joe Rogan, a friend of Rousey's, recommended the star to overhaul her coaching staff.

"Yeah there was a lot of criticism afterwards about adding a boxing coach," said Tarverdyan. "MMA is not a boxing game, but Ronda got caught, and we will be taking advice from boxing trainers. I don't think it's going to be a situation about adding a boxing coach, it's about getting more thoughts from boxing trainers.

"I will be speaking to them and getting in the best advice. And if I feel it's necessary we will bring them in. But besides boxing, even the wrestling, the judo, the grappling aspect of it -- just approaching the fight in general, there will be a bit of things that we could add."

Tarverdyan believes some of the criticism of Rousey's striking technique is uncalled for. According to Tarverdyan, Rousey would have been able to better defend herself had Holm not landed the big left hand that dazed her. An interesting concept.

"A lot of people might think Ronda didn't move her head when she was moving forward and she got popped with a shot," Tarverdyan said. "Ronda does know how to move her head. Ronda moved her head and avoided a lot of short, stocky straight shots, and she got into a beautiful clinch.

"If you watch the Liz Carmouche fight, any of [Rousey's previous] fights, she outmaneuvers and she gets inside in the clinch so well. But this fight, she just got caught from the beginning, and everything was not in our favor. So what I'm trying to say is, afterwards it's easy to criticize. It's easy to say, 'Hey you could have done this,' and as a trainer I know we can do better. So I'm not going to say that we had the best camp. We will learn from it, and she will learn from it."

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