5 Reasons That Edmond Tarverdyan Is The Worst Coach in the UFC

In light of his recent scuffle with heavyweight veteran Fabricio Werdum, now is the perfect time to address the ever-evolving question “Why is Edmond Tarverdyan the worst-for-your-career coach in all of MMA?”

Well, there’s the fact that he marched his most talented fighter straight into the awaiting counter-strike storm of Holly Holm. Or that he took a 7-2-1 heavyweight Travis Browne from contending at the top of the division to a 2-3 record in his last 5 bouts.

Aside from his in ring question marks, however, a huge reason Tarverdyan’s style is a distraction and burden to his fighters is his insatiable urge for and undeniable knack for finding himself in the headlines under less-than-desirable circumstances.

Thanks to the magnitude of Ronda Rousey’s superstardom, Tarverdyan has repeatedly found ways to redirect his fighter’s spotlight and take center stage at the forefront of attention. Obviously this is a big detriment that requires the utmost focus from it’s athletes.

Let’s take a look at the top five instances that seal Edmond’s title as the worst trainer in the UFC:

 Edmond Tarverydyan

1) Edmond Tarverdyan (If That’s His Real Name) Gets Suspended & Placed On Probation For ID Theft:

On April 2, 2015, Tarverdyan responded “No” on his Corner’s License application for the California State Athletic Commission in answer to a question regarding the existence of any past criminal offenses. As it turns out, however, back in 2010, Tarverdyan was picked up on two felony counts of identity theft and one count of resisting arrest.

After he was detained, Tarverdyan was found to be in possession of multiple credit cards, pin numbers, and social security numbers. When this was discovered, he was temporarily suspended and placed on a three-year probationary period.

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Top 5 Finishes of August

Top 5 Finishes in August

 

If you’re a guy looking to write a Top 5 Finish List a month like August is as welcome to you as a visit from the Tooth Fairy to Glover Teixeira.  Of 15 main card fights in the month 8 of them led to taps, stoppages or starches. Here are the top 5…

 

  1. Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson de-tooths Glover Teixeira: The UFC 202 co-main event offered up a match of two absolute killers in the Light Heavyweight Division. Both men have fought and come up short in championship matches and this bout served to reestablish one of them as a number one contender.

Glover, a highly technical finisher was coming off of a 3 fight win streak during which he finished each of his opponents, including Rashad Evans and OSP.

Anthony Johnson is an absolute animal when he smells blood, easily the most dangerous striker in the division (if not sport) who has finished 5 of his 7 UFC opponents.

The two men square off, retreat to their respective corners and prepare to answer the referee’s signal to fight. The signal received, Teixeira rushes across the Octagon and is rewarded for his effort by rocket launched right uppercut which sends a Teixeira bicuspid into orbit. Fortunately just when we were all beginning to wonder if Glover was an organ donor he showed signs of life and lives to fight another day.

 

  1. ’12 Gauge’ Paige Vanzant karate KO’s Rowdy Bec Rawlings: Coming off a war with Rose Namajunas in which she was stopped late in the last of a 5 round fight Paige was looking to make a statement at UFC on FOX 21. After a back and forth round 1 the two ladies met in the center of the cage and begin exchanging evenly until Paige summoned her inner Cung Le and landed a Matrix style flying switch head kick which dropped the Rowdy one and ended the fight.
  2. Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis vs Charles Oliveira: the co-main event of UFC on FOX 21 brought us the Featherweight debut of Anthony Pettis against an extremely tough opponent in Charles Oliveira. Oliveira brought the fight and showed off some impressive kickboxing, especially his front leg techniques. Pettis, however, was more than game getting his stuff in effectively and often. By the time the bell to open the 3rd and final round rang this fight was already an official war. The two continued on, business as usual, taking the fight everywhere both pressing, both moving forward until – in the final two minutes Showtime found his way to the neck of Oliveira and finished with a guillotine choke.
  3. Donald Cerrone vs Rick Story: Anytime The Cowboy is in the cage people grab their popcorn and do their best not to blink. Fighting for just the third time at Welterweight, and having looked incredible in the previous two bouts, the anticipation was high as Donald stepped in against a tough Rick Story who was coming off of a 3 fight win streak himself. The first round didn’t disappoint as the two fought hard, moved forward, swapped takedowns and were effectively aggressive. Around the two minute mark of the 2nd round Cowboy landed a two punch combination and finished with a head kick that looked like something out of a movie. Story, reeling, retreated to the cage where Cerrone moved in and secured the W.
  4. Demian Maia slices through The Natural Born Killer: In what has to be the most anticipated free fight in the history of the UFC Demian Maia faced Carlos Condit in a contest to help unmuddy the Welterweight Title contention waters. Coming in as an underdog Demian took the center of the cage, immediately shot a single worked Condit to the mat, took his back and finished without being so much as punched. The main event was relatively anticlimactic but the impressiveness of Maia’s BJJ is staggering. The only question Maia left with this performance was ‘How long until my title shot?’

Top 5 Fights Left in September

ufc-203-poster-0-0September 2016: As of where we are today regarding MMA contests, the time during and around this month, will be remembered for its inter-weight class battles, deep division contests and bounty of championship fights. It’s a time for fans to feel the way boxing enthusiasts must have felt in the late 60’s thru the mid 70’s. We find ourselves not looking forward to a single big fight on a distant card but instead enjoying multiple, amazing cards per month.

I am writing this on September  10th, a little less than twelve hours before the main card in Cleveland kicks off at UFC 203. Only ten days into the month and we’ve already seen a slugfest between Ryan Bader and Illir Latifi resulting in a second round starch via a Bader knee to the jaw.  We watched Alexander Gustafsson put himself back into contention while putting on a five round clinic at the expense of Jan Blachowicz. Then we witnessed two nearly twenty year long paths collide in a war in which the Warmaster, Josh Barnett tapped Andrei Arlovski to put himself squarely back into the Heavyweight discussion.

With all of that in the rearview, believe it or not the Best Five Fights of September are still yet to come…

1)      Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem: This fight is crawling with anticipation and oozes a sense of danger, truly a ‘don’t blink’ contest.  Stipe, slinging leather on the big stage for the first time in front of his home crowd, has shut off the lights on the likes of Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski and Fabricio Verdum in his past 3 fights.

Alistair needs no introduction to any fan living on planet Earth for the past 7 years or so. He’s a living Kickboxing legend who has been on an absolute tear as of late with the help of the Jackson-Wink  Academy.

This fight should, and I suspect will be an absolute barn burner of a main event.  Miocic won backing up against an overly anxious Werdum but I’m not sure ‘da’ Reem’ will be baited into a hockey fight so easily. I see Alistair winning the strap and retaining for several fights.

2)      Fabricio Werdum vs Travis Browne: it’s as easy a segue as it is an obvious candidate for the best matchup of September. Werdum, coming off a KO loss to Stipe, is as hungry as ever to put the hurt on someone.  Also, having registered 39 years on planet Earth I’m sure his sense of urgency is in high gear as his time is likely now, or never.

Travis is actually serving as a fill in on this monster card for Ben Rothwell who recently submitted Fight Night Hamburg winner, Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett. That said this is obviously one of the biggest opportunities of his career. Finishing Werdum would substantiate his reappearance onto the contender scene and allow him to officially relinquish his newly administered “Gate Keeper” card. All said, I look for Fabricio to dominate this fight anywhere it goes, reestablishing himself and earning a title shot in the coming year.

3) Uriah Faber vs Jimmie Rivera: What a massive opportunity for the 12th ranked Rivera. The 27 year old New Jersey native is on a three fight win streak and on the cusp of solidifying his presence as a top Bantamweight. The problem with that? The California Kid, Uriah Faber will be standing in his way.

Uriah is a future hall of famer who has fought just about everyone you’ve ever heard of near his current weight. Despite later going 0-2 he has a submission win over current champion, Dominick Cruz and his only losses are to current and past champions. Uriah has finished 79% of his 33 victims and it’s hard to imagine that Jimmie won’t be number 34. I see Uriah winning this one via choke.

4)      Chris Cyborg vs Lina Lansberg: Alright, so this one isn’t for a title, It isn’t for contendership, hell it’s not even in an existing weight class. Nonetheless, it’s Cyborg, the most ferocious, dangerous and arguably feared female fighter in the history of the sport headlining a UFC Fight Night in Brazil, as a fan that’s hard not to love.

Lina Lansberg, however, is no slouch. ‘The Elbow Princess’ is 6-1 with 4 of those wins coming by KO via punches and elbows. I doubt seriously, though that Chris will be number five. Cyborg via windmill in a tornado beat down.

5)      Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson: This Fight Night Headliner takes place in Hidalgo, Texas and could make a serious impact on whoever comes out on top. TUF finalist Michael Johnson is coming off of a two fight skid and desperately needs a convincing win to get back into the mix of one of the sport’s deepest divisions.

Poirier, currently ranked 7th, has won 4 in a row after being KO’d by Conor McGregor back in 2014. A win over Johnson on the 17th in Texas could see Dustin Poirier land in the top five of the Lightweight division – especially with the uncertainty surrounding Nate Diaz’s new fight weight and Cowboy Donald Cerrone making a seemingly permanent move up to Welterweight. It’s a hard one to call but I’ll give Poirier the nod in a decision over the tough to finish Michael Johnson.

Arlovski vs Barnett: Monster Mash

Taking place in the wake of a record breaking 202 and an epic fight night in Vancouver, plus the addition of being caught in the shadow of the upcoming Heavyweight Championship card in Cleveland, today’s Fight Night event in Hamburg has become a relative ‘Jan Brady’ event – I suppose a main card airing at 3pm Eastern Time on the opening Saturday of College Football doesn’t help anything either. However, and in the words of College Game Day’s Host, Lee Corso, “Not So Fast My Friend!” – the top 2 fights on the main card have the potential to be legit slobber knockers!

The co-main event features Alexander Gustafsson and Jan Blachowicz. Unless you’ve been living under an MMA rock you know Gustafsson as the biggest challenge Jon Jones has faced to date. He ate a rocket propelled, Jonny Bones patented back elbow to the dome that would’ve left most peoples brain in the front row in the fourth round of a war that most folks, myself included, had him winning. It changed the momentum of the fight and he lost a decision that 2-3 judges scored with only a one round advantage for Bones. Since, he has went on to lose a decision to Cormier and get mauled by Anthony Johnson (the champion and current #1 contender). He holds a KO/Performance of The Night win over Jimi Manuwa who holds a decision win over Blachowicz.

Jan is a Polish fighter with a record of 19-5. However, he’s lost 2 of his last 4 and eked out 6 of his last 8 wins by decision. With over a third of his wins coming by way of submission – and fighting a guy who is a forward motion, face remover – we can expect for him to look for the take down early and often.

If this fight makes it past the second round I would be surprised. Prediction: Gustafsson via TKO to get himself back into title contention in the top heavy  Light Heavyweight Division.

The main event of Arlovski vs Barnett is a Fanboy’s Dream; two guys that have been around for a cumulative 37 years and have combined for 79 pro MMA fights. Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett is a guy with an extremely unconventional, ‘Catch Wrestling’ style who has subbed 20 of the 34 fighters he’s beaten. He also holds a KO win over Randy Couture.

Andrei Arlovski, a personal favorite of mine, was once one of the scariest guys in the game – a label punctuated by his vampire fang mouth piece. The Pit Bull always seemed a bit ahead of his time and overly athletic for his size, and for the time. His ability to move on his toes, beautiful kickboxing and background in Sambo made him uniquely dangerous. To the contrary his inability to see a right hand coming has left him belly napping more than once in the Octagon. Arlovski went on a four fight skid kicked off by Fedor (longest belly nap to date) which left a lot of his fans in doubt. However, he went on to rebound to the tune of going 10-1-1 in his next 12 including a KO of Travis Browne (a common opponent who holds a win over Barnett). His last two fights have ended with him on the wrong end of a stoppage. They came though to the two fighters competing for the Heavyweight Championship next week, Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.

Both fighters are coming off a stoppage loss, are big, dangerous athletes and are looking to make a statement. My partially fanboy biased prediction: Andrei Arlovski via 1st round KO.

Honorable mention on this card goes to the third from the top fight between TUF Champ, Ryan Bader and Ilir Latifi. Latifi is 12-4 and has finished 9 of his 12 wins. He has rebounded from his KO loss to co-main eventer Jan Blachowicz having won his last 3 (2 by KO). Ryan Bader is a wrestling machine who has won 20 of his 25 pro fights. His 5 losses are literally to the who’s who of the Light Heavyweight Division. These guys are both obviously great fighters and athletes but I don’t see either of them competing in the upper echelon of their weight class. Also, given Latifi’s recent KO success I look for “Darth” Bader to look for the take down early and often – this one could be snoozer. Prediction: Bader via dry hump.

 

 

 

 

FANBOY FIGHT NOTES: FIGHT NIGHT VANCOUVER

Fight night:

How do you score round 1? Same amount of shots! Round 2 Lauzon counter strikes, aggression…WAR Round 3 Lauzon hurt in first minute temporarily backs away then bites down and comes forward. Gets going, backs up miller gets take down gnp Miller rolls Lauzon mounts and takes arm when bell rings. Decision Miller guessing rounds 1&3. I had Lauzon winning 2 and thought he did enough in round 3 after getting hurt to get the nod. Great fight

Pvz vs rowdy

R1- Thought becs shirt wasn’t legal. Next year maybe. Crazy pace. Paige busier inside. Beck walking her down. Paige good lateral movement. 3:10 mark = bec lands 4 punch body body head head. Paige fainting well landing drive bys. Bec not setting up before closing in Paige standing ground and countering with hands.
R2 PVZ CRAZY EFFIN TAEKWONDO 2 leg switch kick stupid shit!!

PETTIS VS OLIVIERA
R1
Charles straight Across pressed to cage works a double. Pettis pummels under hooks, defends. Charles lands front kick rushes and gets body lock, drags down has back on bottom middle of cage. Pettis turns in and lands in guard. Pettis with kicks to the body, stacks Charles and punches. Charles rolls and defends. Pettis in side control working for position. Charles scrambles gets double from knees and has momentary back. Pettis scrambles , turns and gets on top. Charles Rolling moving hips looking for position. Pettis on top at end.
R2
Pettis moving forward lands to body. Pettis with round kick. Peppering with hands and avoiding. Both guys working hands near cage. Pettis back to cage. Charles with dick punch. Charles jumps back and drags Pettis down. Has body triangle. With ~2 left. Pettis out 1 left. Oliviera with the pressure. Pettis spinning back kick lands to body. Charles scores take down at end. 1-1 After 2.
R3
Charles with immediate take down into side control. Pettis rolls for an arm bar. Charles retains side control, Takes back , Pettis rolls and spins to guard. Now in north south. Scramble to the feet and Pettis grabs guillotine
Condit goes down with Maia single, Maia in half guard. Maia has back. Mia rnc

Toe Crusher to the Bigshow

Marcin Held, aside from looking like a perfect cross between Jake Shields and CB Dollaway, is a stud 155’er whom Bellator claimed to have recently let go. Held’s Facebook contradicted this report when he posted that he had simply not resigned. Regardless, what we know now is that he has inked a deal with the UFC!

Held is 24-4 winning 7 of his last 8 with the only loss coming via unanimous decision to Bellator title holder Will Brooks.

The UFC Lightweight Division is another ridiculously deep pool of talent that will only thicken if Connor McGregor lands there, which seems likely. So, what’s so special about a Polish guy you’ve probably never heard of getting signed? DUDE RIPS PEOPLE TOES OFF. Ok, maybe not literally but he has finished two of his last ten fights (including one over UFC vet Rich “No Love” Clementi)  by toe hold.

Leg locks in general always make for exciting finishes as fighters are terrified when they get caught in them and it always leaves the fighter attempting in an awful spot if they can’t finish. Toe holds though? It may not be an Anthony Johnson ‘Ryu’ style upper cut that puts a tooth into orbit or a Wonderboy spinning, crazy, outta no where wheel kick but it’s still pretty, pretty, pretty awesome to watch.

As for me I’ll be waiting anxiously to here more about his debut.

IIITSSS TIME! THE GOLDEN AGE OF MMA IS. RIGHT. NOW.

This weekend saw a fight card live from Vancouver that would have had most fanboys like myself scrambling for their wallets and pleading “Please, Dana, please take my $59.99”. Instead the entire thing, in all it’s glory was 100% absolutely as free and as easy to access as slap in Stockton.

While I was careening down the highway to a local watering hole, watching on my FOX SPORTS GO app, tempting fate to make me a statistic lest I miss Smile’n Sam score a gorilla strength KO over King Casey , I couldn’t help but rapid reflect on the past 18 months of fights and think to myself – “Self, I’m right in the middle of the best time for combat sports to ever exist, ever”.  Not only are we as fans privileged to be watching fights put together from a roster deeper than Cyborg’s head crater, we’re getting it at a time when we can follow their personal narratives, training routines and hobbies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We have multiple device access to content hoarder’s nests like Fight Pass and Flow Combat (and WWE Network but that’s for a different blog). It’s like being a boxing fan in the late 60’s or early 70’s and having permission to sit at Ali’s breakfast table…or drive a golf cart alongside Norton as he jogged…or stand on the ring apron while Frazier destroyed focus mitts…or hang out in the training room with Liston while he was putting Jalapeno juice into Vaseline.

To put some icing on the proverbial  multilayered, decadent a.f., German Chocolate Cake that is the MMA scene right now, it looks as if Bellator is going to substantiate itself as a legitimate source of competition for the UFC. Somewhat lost in the Fight Night Vancouver hoopla was the Bellator debut (in introduction only) of THE RED KING! Rory adds a different level of validity to the Bellator roster and brings legitimate mainstream name recognition that they’ve always lacked. Bellator’s night also saw former UFC Champ, Benson Henderson claim his first win since jumping ships – albeit from an in cage injury to his opponent.  It’s hard to imagine a way that a real competition between The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator couldn’t result in an even higher level of fight/fighter quality than we’re getting right now (weird to think that’s even possible, right?).

In my head the notion that we’re perched squarely in the middle of the fight fan promised land is absolute, rock solid, cannot be debated F.A.C.T. but hey, don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at some fights only since January of this year: We saw Robby Lawler go to a decision with Carlos Condit in a war that was harder to look away from than the Miesha Tate jump rope gif. Stephen Wonderboy Thompson introduced Johny Hendricks to his left foot and stamped his place as the baddest striker in the sport when he stopped him in the first round! The McGregor and Diaz Saga: The tale of two man who give zero f’s and whose fights require zero hype – fight number 2 possibly the best fight I’ve ever seen. Then in July Red King Rory edges Robby Lawler for 4.5 rounds in a FOTY candidate before having his nose turned into a mess comparable to sticking a Gremlin in the microwave…except worse. Not convinced? Think about this – THAT’S 8 MONTHS FROM ONLY ONE WEIGHT CLASS! Factor in the Holmes vs Rousey headkick clinic in Melbourne back in November, Miesha’s last minute Holmes tap to win the belt, Vanzant and Namajunas …oh wait…now I’m only talking about women…get the point. It’s amazing.

I don’t know when the breaking point of this tsunami wave of unbelievable battles comes but from where we’re sitting now it looks like there is plenty left to ride. The New York debut in Madison Square Garden at 205 promises to be a barn burner. The Jon Jones drama looks to be a bit less damning (boner pills<steroids). Anthony Johnson just broke the Mars Rover with Glover Teixeira’s tooth so we have some interesting match ups in the Light Heavyweight division too. The women’s bantamweight division is deeper and as wide open as it has ever been and Eddie Alvarez is getting called out by McGregor – please Lord, please.

These are truly exciting times with great things up around the bend. It’s great to be a fan living in the best times of the sport you love, and realizing it all the while. For as long as it lasts we should all be very thankful.