For the last few weeks, internet rumors have been circulating that ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne had left Glendale Fighting Club and the tutelage of much maligned coach Edmund Tarverdyan. However, it turns out those rumors aren’t true. Recently, Browne went on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast where he categorically denied the rumors and reaffirmed his relationship with Tarverdyan.
“He’s still my coach,” Browne said. “He comes out quite a bit. He comes out every week to help. The only difference is it’s not in his gym. The man has a family, he has kids. It’s one of those things, to ask another man to come out for two-three months, you just can’t do that. So this camp he’s not as big a part as he has been previously but he is still part of this camp.
“That’s all it was, that the location of my camp is different. When I was doing my whole camp in Los Angeles, Ricky Lundell would come out once a week, but he’s still my coach. So, it’s the same thing, we’re just doing it out here where I’m getting consistent work with the guys that I need to get done with… It’s just getting consistent work and having consistent bodies out here in Vegas, especially for the guy I’m facing. It’s just one of those things where as a team we felt it better for me to do the camp out here based on the bodies out here. So instead of flying guys in or constantly traveling to different places it’s better to go where the bodies are.”
Browne entered the UFC in 2010 and joined the famed Jackson-Winklejohn camp a year later ahead of his UFC 135 fight with Rob Broughton. After amassing a 5-2 record which saw him on the cusp of title contention, Browne began training with Tarverdyan following his 2014 loss to Fabricio Werdum in a heavyweight title eliminator bout. Since then he has gone 2-3 which, coupled with Ronda Rousey’s (Tarverdyan’s most famous charge) ignominious fall, has caused many fans to decry Tarverdyan as a poor coach.
But Browne says those comments aren’t true. “Hapa” believes Tarverdyan gets so much criticism because he doesn’t concern himself with cultivating a public image because he’s more concerned about taking care of his fighters, something Browne relates to.
“I think it’s easy to judge from the outside. Anybody that I’ve ever had in camp to work with me as a training partner is always like, ‘Man, Edmond knows what he’s talking about.’ He has a great fight IQ. He has good coaching. It’s about the athletes going out there and performing. Every coach has lost. Every champion with the exclusion of Jon Jones, has lost. Why didn’t the community come down on those coaches?
“He doesn’t care [about his reputation]. That’s the difference. He doesn’t care about looking good to everybody. He cares about being good to the people around him. Being a good coach. That’s why he doesn’t have 50 guys in his stable.
“[The criticisms] are for the the wrong reasons. I understand a guy like that could be easier to dislike because he doesn’t care. I think I get the same rap sometimes. I’m disliked a lot and it’s probably for the wrong reasons.”
He isn’t just criticized for the records of his fighters though, it’s also his work in the corners. Tarverdyan recently was the cause for public ridicule during Rousey’s 48 second obliteration at the hands of women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Audio from the fight reveals Tarverdyan screaming head movement repeatedly as he watches Rousey get run over. But Browne says that stuff is also overblown.
“During a round, unless the crowd is quiet, which a lot of times it isn’t in my fights, you’re standing there and the coach yells, ‘One-two, one-two low kick.’ Whatever it is, you don’t really hear stuff. When you’re in a fight and leather is being traded, I mean, are you really going to hear your coach? If you’re hearing your coach it’s a problem. It means your mind is not in the moment when this guy’s trying to take your head off.
“He’s an emotional guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. That’s something I can appreciate about him. He loves his athletes and he shows his athletes he loves them. For me, in between rounds, what he has told me has been good and spot on.”
Browne doesn’t have time to concern himself with speculation over his coaches though; he faces rising heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Halifax on February 19. It’s a bout Lewis asked for and Browne is ready to show the eighth ranked heavyweight why that was a mistake.
“The guy wanted to fight me and now he’s gonna have his chance. The thing about this sport is you will be held accountable for your words come a certain date. So he called me out, and he’s gonna get the opportunity.”
Return. Chan Sung Jung discussed his military hiatus ahead of his fight this weekend.
Top 5. Francis Ngannou wants to fight Cain Velasquez next.
USADA. Justin Ledet has been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.
Double time. Ricard Abreu failed a USADA test while serving a two year suspension.
And the rankings report.
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Carl Froch on MayGregor.
Ice Cube and Charlie Day on UFC Tonight.
Personally, I’ve liked this series.
The champ going after Yoel.
If at first you don’t succeed, cheat right? @yoelromeromma anyway you can right? Steroids, water, greasing, fence grabbing. Nothing is off limits with this guy. #taintedsupplementsmy ass see you soon BOY! #andstill
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The Matrix is real life now.
— ouriel daskal (@odaskal) February 1, 2017
Look at the work that goes into this stuff that you don’t see.
Alphabetizing my library of UFC fighter cards. This sure as s**t ain’t fun.
A photo posted by Jon Anik (@jon_anik) on Feb 1, 2017 at 6:58am PST
The Champ with Ari Gold
Good day in Hollywood!
A photo posted by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on Feb 1, 2017 at 5:10pm PST
Lookin’ for a fight.
@RdosAnjosMMA I will derail your career worse than @usantidoping did! @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) February 1, 2017
Shevchenko quick interview.
Valentina Shevchenko talks about her win over Julianna Pena at #UFCDenver from the #SuperBowl @BulletValentina pic.twitter.com/cPXXCWUdeB
— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) February 1, 2017
DL knows. Rise up.
Checking in from Houston, #UFCHalifax headliner @TheBeast_UFC gives his #SuperBowl prediction! pic.twitter.com/CaqNbeyEzY
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Dang. Max is a big featherweight.
Ran into this legend @mightymouse125 and got to pick his mind about all kinds of stuff! #mightysquad
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Let’s say Mayweather/McGregor did happen. Should it be a Boxer/MMA undercard? Who would you match up?
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 2, 2017
I fight @PaulMalignaggi on the undercard no problem
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 2, 2017
Like….. a coloring book? https://t.co/iz8hlhyHX8
— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) February 1, 2017
Would so watch.
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) February 1, 2017
Rockhold sparring John Wayne Parr.
After sprinting my morning run around Burleigh Headland. I came back to find a fresh @lukerockhold at the gym waiting for me for some rounds sparring. Ended up pushing out 4 good rounds. Then Luke went on to spar a few boys in the gym to give them the opportunity to move around with a UFC champ. Such a cool morning. Memories money can’t buy. As you can see be the video, nothing serious. Just a fun spar with a lot of laughing in between.
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Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs. Dan Kelly (12-1); UFC 209, March 4.
Mackenzie Dern (2-0) vs. Katherine Roy (1-0); LFA 6, March 10.
Tim Means (26-7-1, 1 NC) vs. Alex Oliveira (15-4-1, 2 NC); UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, March 11.
Godofredo Pepey (13-4) vs. Kyle Bochniak (7-1); UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, March 11.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2008: Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera submitted Tim Sylvia at UFC 81 to win the interim heavyweight championship. In the co-main event that evening, Brock Lesnar made his UFC debut, losing to Frank Mir by kneebar. Oh, and Tim Boetsch did this to David Heath on the undercard.
2013: Jose Aldo defeated former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar to retain his featherweight title at UFC 156. This event also saw Tyron Woodley make his UFC debut, knocking out Jay Heiron.
I recommend listening to the full Browne interview if you have the chance. Gives you a pretty good insight into how Browne is thinking about things.
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