Ronda Rousey's coach is pushing her to make a sensational UFC comeback
While she has been mostly quiet about her future in mixed martial arts, former UFC champion Ronda Rousey looks like she's not going to be returning to the sport. In fact, it seems that she is becoming more committed to the world of wrestling after being involved in her first storyline on WWE.
But that hasn't stopped her longtime coach from weighing in on her return, even suggesting that she could take down the current champion reigning in her absence. Edmond Tarverdyan (despite having a name like a character on Game of Thrones) has worked with Rousey for years, and after speaking to The MMA Hour recently, has suggested that the former champ could make a comeback.
Not only that, but he seems to think she should face off against Cris Cyborg, the Brazilian woman who currently holds the UFC women's featherweight title. Cyborg hasn't lost a fight since she went pro in 2005, and her most recent win was a brutal knockout which earned her the title.
Speaking on the 400th episode of the MMA Hour, Tarverdyan said "That's the one. I want that fight. When I trained Ronda, I know Ronda could beat Cyborg. I know that. Cyborg is too slow". And when he was asked whether he thinks that Rousey would actually return, he replied:
"We’ll live and we’ll see. If injuries weren't there and everything was where it was, we would take that fight and I’m telling you she’s too slow for us. And Ronda will beat her."
Playing up the animosity between the two champions, who have clashed in the past after Rousey publicly called Cyborg out for her history of using PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs), Tarverdyan believes that this rivalry could make for a great fight:
"Ronda needs a challenge. She really needs to be like, 'This person is no good and I need to prove something to the whole world.' That’s how Ronda works good. She said she cheated before, she’s hurt women and she wants to come and beat her."
Unfortunately for any fans that want to see Cyborg and Rousey fight, the former isn't too interested in facing her. In an Instagram post she responded to the comments, saying that her desire to fight her has left her in recent times.
"When I wanted to fight her it was because she was at the top of her game and she had all of the confidence in the world," Cyborg wrote. "Both of us are now at different chapters in our careers and for me that chapter is finished". She points out that Rousey is not exactly as tough a competition anymore as she has now been "KO'd twice in a row", while she calls Edmund "nothing but a joke of a coach".
She goes on to suggest that she would do it if Rousey wanted to, but that it might be better for the two of them to face off inside the WWE ring. It might not be exactly what fans want to see, but you have to admit, that would be pretty awesome.