Tarverdyan on Rousey's return: 'I don't see it in July at this point'

BY Jonathan Bradley • January 27, 2016

UFC president Dana White isn't the only one who thinks July is too soon for the return of former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Rousey's coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the fighter would need at least four months to prepare for her next fight after filming the movie "Road House" this spring, which would make an appearance at UFC 200 in July virtually impossible.

"I don't see it in July at this point," Edmond Tarverdyan told ESPN. "Ronda did three fights last year. I think she deserves time off. That's what [UFC president] Dana [White] said, too. So we've spoke about that. You know Dana judges things very fairly, and he completely understood."

Tarverdyan says that while Rousey has been staying in shape for her upcoming fight scenes, she isn't at a level sufficient for her to take a fight.

Rousey suffered her first professional loss at UFC 193 against former boxing champ Holly Holm. In the bout, Holm landed 72 percent (53 of 72) of her significant strikes and stuffed Rousey's lone takedown attempt en route to a second-round knockout.

The loss raised questions about Rousey's well-roundedness, which in turn, led to calls for Rousey to seek new coaches and drop Tarverdyan entirely.

The embattled coach has heard the backlash but doesn't foresee wholesale changes anytime soon.

"I will be speaking to them [boxing coaches] and getting the best advice." Tarverdyan said. "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.

"We're not going to sit here and change everything that we've done, we've done stuff that I think is working, it's been great. We're not going to have something so much different for Ronda. Have we been doing everything wrong? No, that's not the situation. It's a fight, Ronda got caught with a shot, and it was a little bit of a roller coaster from there."

Rousey's most recent foray into showbiz came just last Saturday, when the international star become the first MMA fighter to host an episode of "Saturday Night Live." She is slated to film "Road House" this spring before taking on a role in "Mile 22" alongside Mark Wahlberg.