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Coach Discusses Ronda Rousey’s Media Blackout Leading up to UFC 207

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Before and after UFC 207, there was no shortage of discussion regarding Ronda Rousey’s decision to avoid doing media, but according to her striking coach, it really wasn’t a “big deal”.

In stark contrast to her previous fights, Rousey hardly spoke to the media leading up to her bout with Amanda Nunes, which took place last December. Since Rousey was returning to the Octagon for the first time since she had been taken out by Holly Holm, the decision prompted a lot of speculation about her mindset.

Recently Rousey’s striking coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, was a guest on “The MMA Hour”. While discussing Rousey’s media blackout, Tarverdyan said the following (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“We’ve done too much media and a lot of work,” Tarverdyan said. “So we decided just to stay away for one fight. I don’t think it was a big deal, just to stay away and focus on the fight. So we could have a different outcome — and we fell short. It didn’t work, but it didn’t mean we disrespected anybody. It was just a decision to make life easier and just move on like that.”

“She wasn’t feeling that good,” Tarverdyan said. “Body wasn’t keeping up and we had to eliminate a lot of things so she could at least focus on training and make the fight happen somehow. That’s a decision we made. It had to be that way, so I wasn’t surprised [she didn’t do media]. I wasn’t.”

While one could understand why Rousey wanted to focus on the fight, especially since she was coming off a devastating loss, all the talk about this was only heightened by the fact she’s hardly spoken publicly since UFC 207. After Rousey was quickly finished by Nunes, she relayed that she was going to take some time and consider her future. But, for the most part, other than some social media posts etc, we haven’t heard much from the star.

In the same interview, Tarverydan also made the case for why he thinks Rousey should come back and battle Cris “Cyborg”.

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