Recently there’s been speculation that Travis Browne is no longer training with the much discussed, Edmond Tarverdyan, but “Hapa’s” confirmed that’s not the case.
Leading up to Browne’s February 19th bout with Derrick Lewis, it was reported the heavyweight had left Tarverdyan’s Glendale Fighting Club for the Black House team. Recently Browne appeared on the “5ive Rounds” podcast, however, and he confirmed that while the location of his camp has changed, Tarverdyan’s still coming by to coach him.
As you likely know, Tarverdyan has been the focus of a lot of criticism in recent weeks, as he’s the striking coach for Ronda Rousey, who was quickly put away by Amanda Nunes in December. That bout followed the former champ’s KO loss to Holly Holm the preceding year.
But, Browne, who is Rousey’s partner, also had this to say about Tarverdyan (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I think it’s easy to judge from the outside. Anybody that I’ve ever had in camp to work with me as a training partner is always like, ‘Man, Edmond knows what he’s talking about.’ He has a great fight IQ. He has good coaching. It’s about the athletes going out there and performing. Every coach has lost. Every champion with the exclusion of Jon Jones, has lost. Why didn’t the community come down on those coaches?
“He doesn’t care [about his reputation]. That’s the difference. He doesn’t care about looking good to everybody. He cares about being good to the people around him…”
So you have to wonder, based off these comments, if Rousey does decide to fight again, will she continue to enlist the guidance of Tarverdyan? If you missed it, earlier this week Dana White reported he doesn’t think “Rowdy” will return to the UFC.