In the aftermath of Holly Holm's destruction of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 back in November, much was made about how poor Ronda's striking looked in comparison to that of Holm, a former pro boxer.
Striking was never the cleanest aspect of Rousey's game, but she appeared to want to stand and trade with Holm which was never going to end well, so naturally after the event the decisions of her coach Edmond Tarverdyan were called into question, and many suggested that if the former champ wanted to regain her title she would need to hire a boxing coach in order to compete.
That suggestion has been rubbished by Tarverdyan, who told ESPN that while advice from boxing coaches would be sought, no additions to the coaching staff would be made.
Yeah there was a lot of criticism afterwards about adding a boxing coach. MMA is not a boxing game, but Ronda got caught, and we will be taking advice from boxing trainers. I don't think it's going to be a situation about adding a boxing coach, it's about getting more thoughts from boxing trainers.
I will be speaking to them and getting in the best advice. And if I feel it's necessary we will bring them in. But besides boxing, even the wrestling, the judo, the grappling aspect of it -- just approaching the fight in general, there will be a bit of things that we could add.
Ronda got caught?
She got caught close to 40 times. She was embarrassed consistently with almost every exchange resulting in damage taken, and the idea that it will be business as usual in the next training camp is baffling considering the manner of the defeat.
Ronda Rousey's mother had been extremely vocal in her disdain of Tarverdyan, and accused him of being a 'Yes man' who struck gold when her daughter walked into his gym, and you can see where she is coming from when you hear comments like the above.
While we wait for Rousey to return to action, Holly Holm takes on Meisha Tate at UFC 196 on what is all set to be another massive night for the UFC.