Ronda Rousey's coach looks back on loss to Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey's coach Edmond Tarverdyan talks about what went wrong for his fighter in the loss to Holly Holm and how he expects Rousey to learn from the defeat.

GLENDALE, Calif. -- At no point since her historic loss to Holly Holm on Nov. 14 has Ronda Rousey sat down with her coach to review the tape.

According to coach Edmond Tarverdyan, there's a chance they never will.

"It's not about wanting to watch, it's about whether or not the timing is right or if it's even necessary," Tarverdyan told

"I know how to speak to Ronda. I know Ronda very well. She doesn't need to watch that fight. The fight is over. It's about what we're doing now. It's my job to watch the footage and I'm dedicating everything I have to Ronda's rematch with Holly."

The rematch seems inevitable, although it's not yet scheduled. Rousey (12-1) intends to fight sometime in 2016, but likely not until fall. In the meantime, Holm (10-0) will seek her first bantamweight title defense against Miesha Tate on March 5 at UFC 197.

But if and when the rematch happens, it will be one of the biggest fights in UFC history. Rousey was untouchable until her spectacular fall against Holm, a former world champion boxer who fights out of Jackson-Wink MMA.

Many have criticized Rousey's approach to the fight -- and by extension, her coach. Her mother, AnnMaria De Mars, has also spoken unfavorably of him.

"When you're up there, somebody needs to be blamed for it," Tarverdyan said. "I'm taking the blame. I'm OK with that. I know what reality is. I accept reality. Reality is people will talk all kinds of unnecessary stuff. As long as my fighter believes in me, I believe in my fighter and we'll move on from there."

Rousey has already stated she will continue to work with Tarverdyan. As far as tactics in the loss to Holm, Tarverdyan declined to go into detail but said the strategy had nothing to do with proving a point about Rousey's standup.

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Trainer Edmond Tarverdyan believes Ronda Rousey's "head wasn't straight" after Holly Holm landed an early left hand in her upset win at UFC 193.

He believes Rousey's "head wasn't straight" after Holm landed a big left hand early on.

"Our job wasn't to prove she's a better boxer, which I [still] believe Ronda could box with anybody in the world," Tarverdyan said.

"Come on. We're here to get the win. At that level, are you serious? Would you put your ego or whatever it is -- I can't even find the word -- to prove something instead of defending the title? That's dumb to even say that."

Tarverdyan also addressed a comment he made to Rousey after a difficult first round. The pay-per-view broadcast caught Tarverdyan saying, "Champ, beautiful work," before he started in on technical advice.

"If you're freaking out about that, how many seconds did you see? Twenty seconds?" Tarverdyan said. "How many seconds is the recovery time? It's one minute. So, think about that. There is a way to speak to every athlete and I know how to speak to my athlete."

Due to the shock of the moment, Tarverdyan thinks some observers have overlooked things Rousey did well during the loss. He points to a left hook Rousey landed in the first round he believed hurt Holm. The action also went briefly to the ground at one point, which is Rousey's area of strength.

Still, Tarverdyan understands the public's need to assign blame, and said he's willing to raise his hand for that role.

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