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Morning Report: Mother says Ronda Rousey needs to fire 'idiot' 'fraud' coach for any chance to beat Holly Holm

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Ronda Rousey's mother Dr. AnnMaria De Mars isn't the biggest fan of Edmond Tarverdyan.

Even prior to Rousey's shocking upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, DeMars made it clear she didn't approve of her daughter's head coach.

Speaking with Submission Radio, De Mars says she's still hopeful Rousey will move on from her trainer.

"I predicted it in advance," De Mars said of Rousey's knockout loss. "Ronda trained with an idiot. She trained with an idiot and a fraud. I would be shocked to find out that guy has any record at all. As far as I know, I saw him fight once and he fought somebody that had a record of like 6-20 and won on a split decision. The guy is a fraud. Ronda has a lot of talent. She came into that gym with a very strong background of training at the Olympic level and it carried her a long way.

"She needs to get away from some egomaniac fraud and be herself. Ronda as herself can beat anybody on the planet. I'm sad about it but you become an adult and make decisions. Sometimes you make mistakes and hopefully you learn from them."

A former world champion in Judo, De Mars can sniff out bad coaching. Like most critics, she wasn't impressed with Tarverdyan's cornering of Rousey as she slumped to the stool beaten and bloody after one round with Holm.

"The difference between me and these other fighters' moms is that I actually was a world champion," said De Mars. "I didn't just make it up and put it on my website. I actually really did compete for 14 years. So when someone is talking about coaching I know if it's bulls**t and this guy is a complete fraud. It didn't surprise me for a second.

"I don't claim to know everything but I know what it takes to win a world championship. I know what good coaching is. I told Ronda more than once, 'I know what training to beat the world looks like and this isn't it.'"

De Mars believes Rousey has all the talent to beat Holm in a rematch, but that she's likely doomed to fail again if she doesn't find new coaches to work with.

"If she changes gyms she could go dramatically further," said De Mars. "Even if she was with a good coach I think going to a different place would really improve her. When you're with someone who wants to keep you from going to other places, that's a bad coach that doesn't have your best interests at heart.

"I hope [Tarverdyan] loses his license or goes to jail because either of those is a possibility. I think if she changes gyms she has an outstanding chance of winning. If she doesn't? As a statistician, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. If you do the same things with the same people you can expect the same results."

Holm is booked to face Miesha Tate March 5 at UFC 196 and Rousey will likely face the winner sometime later this year.

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