Glendale Fighting Club’s Edmond Tarverdyan has been in the news recently because of his back-and-forth with Brendan Schaub, but the boxing coach has also made some interesting comments regarding the striking game of Travis Browne.
As you know. Browne is set to throw down with Schaub tonight at UFC 181, and will do so, after leaving Jackon’s MMA for the Glendale Fighting Club. Schaub recently argued that the move won’t benefit Browne, (and thus, the verbal jabs flew), but Tarverdyan has outlined several improvements he’s made to “Hapa’s” boxing pedigree.
While appearing on a recent episode of “The MMA Hour”, here is some of what Tarverdyan had to say about Browne’s boxing skills, when he first arrived at the gym (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“The guy can’t punch from short distance or middle distance,” said Tarverdyan. “He has to swing his hands. And even swinging, when he was out there he really couldn’t have punched. He punches, but you have to swing to be able to connect that shot. Yes, it does [land], because he just has that in him, the fighting instinct. He just does it in there and it’s been working for him. But not at the top level where somebody could really keep the distance the right way. He won’t be able to land a shot and then what happens?”
Interesting no? Tarverdyan did acknowledge that Browne “can fight”, as we are talking about a dude who is ranked #3 in the world, and has bombed out Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett in the last two years. But, the boxing coach says the heavyweight wasn’t ready to defeat opponents at the “top level.” Tarverdyan also claims Browne couldn’t hit the bag for one round before he switched camps…
So, of course, this just makes tonight’s Browne-Schaub scrap all the more compelling. There’s already a bit of a beef because of Schaub’s comments, but now we’ll get to see if Browne is in fact, an even more dangerous finisher than he was before.
It will also be interesting to see what Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn might have to say about Tarverdyan’s assessment of Browne, when he first arrived at the California gym.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.
If this is the first time you’ve stumbled onto a MMA site, tonight’s card will feature welterweight champ Johny Hendricks taking on Robbie Lawler, and lightweight champ Anthony Pettis versus Gilbert Melendez.