Travis Browne Defends Coaching of Edmond Tarverdyan
By FCF Staff
Following Ronda Rousey’s second, consecutive stoppage defeat, her coach Edmond Tarverdyan has been taking a ton of heat, but Travis Browne says the criticism is unwarranted.
Rousey returned to the Octagon in December, and was promptly stopped by bantamweight champ, Amanda Nunes. The fight was the first time the star had competed, since Rousey was viciously KO’d by Holly Holm in 2015.
Browne is Rousey’s boyfriend and the heavyweight also trains with Tarverdyan. During a recent episode of the “Five Rounds Podcast“, “Hapa” had this to say about the striking coach (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. Being a good coach. That’s why he doesn’t have 50 guys in his stable.”
Recently it was reported that Browne has left Tarverdyan’s Glendale Fighting Club. During the interview, however, the fighter reportedly confirmed that he’s still coached by Tarverdyan at a different location. Browne is booked to fight Derrick Lewis on February 19th in Halifax.