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UFC 193 Aftermath: On Ronda Rousey, hubris, and potential redemption

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“Beautiful work.”

Those were coach Edmond Tarverdyan’s words to Ronda Rousey in between the first and second rounds of Rousey’s UFC women’s bantamweight title defense against Holly Holm at UFC 193.

Two minutes later, Rousey was out cold on the mat at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, a UFC record crowd of 56,214 serving witness to the fact Holm was the one doing beautiful work.

Tarverdyan’s words, uttered just before Rousey’s reign came to a crashing halt, may as well serve as the coda to an entire fight camp which seemed doomed from the get-go.

The first hints at cracks in Rousey’s aura of invincibility came a few weeks before the fight, when Rousey’s mother, Dr. Ann Maria DeMars, lashed out, saying among other things “Edmond is a terrible coach” who “hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there.”

Back then, DeMars seemed like an overbearing soccer mom. Today, she sounds like an oracle.

There was the news of Tarverdyan’s bankruptcy case, in which he claimed zero income during the period Rousey rocketed to superstardom.

There was Rousey disconnecting a conference call after a reporter asked her a valid question she didn’t like about her relationship with Travis Browne, which Rousey later claimed was due ….View original article

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