Edmond Tarverdyan, like much of the fight world, expect former boxing world champion Holly Holm to be smart and use movement to keep her distance from his fighter Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 this weekend. The head coach doesn’t believe that she’ll be able to keep the judo Olympian off of her for long, however.
"It doesn’t matter if she [Holm] tries to keep the distance or how long she wants to keep it," he recently told Submission Radio.
"Champ knows exactly what she’s going to be doing in there. And even if she runs, I always say, you can run but you can’t hide. And she’s not going to be able run quicker backwards as Ronda can move forward. That’s not gonna happen. We’re not going to see that. Ronda’s legs are the best."
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Although she hasn’t had to show it very much during her quick fights thus far, Tarverdyan claimed that Rousey is well-schooled in footwork and balance, and that she has the conditioning to chase opponents down all-fight, in a smart manner. "I didn’t let Ronda throw punches or the, maybe first year and a half, two years of training with me," he revealed.
"It’s been all footwork, basic boxing fundamentals, and just knowing how to cut off the ring, press and do everything the right way."
Even with all that confidence, Tarverdyan can’t help be nervous, as he always is before his fighters compete. After all, not even months and years of hard and precise training can take away the inherent chaos and unpredictability from fighting.
"Absolutely. I’m always nervous," he admitted.
"Every time that I think about the fight, you know, I’m nervous. It’s a big responsibility on my shoulders for champ to perform. And we trained hard every day.
"When the TV is on in the room and every time they show the promos of the fight, I get pretty nervous watching that. So I told Martin, our wrestling coach that stays with me, I told him to turn it off. I don’t want to watch it anymore (laughs)."