Ronda Rousey has often called her mother, former Judo World Champion Dr AnnMaria De Mars, the most influential and important person in both her professional career and life.
For Rousey, her mother’s words are sacrosanct. However, it now appears that the prized fighter is caught in the middle of a conflict between her longtime coach Edmond Tarverdyan and mother.
In an interview published earlier this week, De Mars dubbed Tarverdyan a “terrible coach” who doesn’t always have the best interests of Rousey at heart.
“Edmond is a terrible coach and I will say it publicly,” De Mars said in a video rant posted on LatiNation. “I think he’s a terrible coach. I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there (to the gym). She was winning before she ever met him. She probably won 99 percent of the judo matches she ever fought in.”
De Mars continued, “She won the junior worlds when she was 17. She got a bronze medal in the Olympics, she got a silver medal at the world championships, she was one of the top athletes in the world when she walked in there and he wouldn’t even give her the time of day for months. Somebody like that is a terrible coach. And I think she stays there, because it’s like somebody pitches a no-hitter when they’re wearing red underwear and they wear that red underwear every day. I think it’s superstition and I would caution anybody from going there.”
SB Nation reports that LatiNation released an extended clip from the same interview which has been marked private because of abusive language. “I will tell you this. Every time I go in his gym, he used to say, ‘How are you?’ And I’d say, ‘How the f*ck do you think I am? I’m in your f*cking gym and I f*cking hate you!'” yelled De Mars. “So now he doesn’t ask me how I am anymore.”
Rousey’s next bout takes place in Australia during UFC 193. Both Tarverdyan and De Mars are expected to be in her corner. Will they all be able to co-exist?