Cris Cyborg responds to Edmond Tarverdyan's calls for a Ronda Rousey fight


Cris Cyborg responds to Edmond Tarverdyan's calls for a Ronda Rousey fight

Edmond Tarverdyan is unsure if Ronda Rousey, his talented adherent, will ever fight again.

While the former UFC women's bantamweight queen has the requisite skill-set to beat a lot of the fighters in the division, her unrivalled star power means that she is unlikely to get matched up against anyone she is likely to beat.

The 30-year-old Californian had relinquished the title 13 months earlier when she suffered the first defeat of her career at the hands of Holly Holm.

"That's the one", Tarverdyan said on the MMA Hour. "One more, I don't know". "I believe it's better for her to fight Miesha Tate".

She explained that they're now both at different points in their careers and her true intention was to show the world that Ronda was beatable, which has now been seen already.

But with Rousey having lost her last two fights by one-sided knockout to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes at UFC 193 and UFC 207, respectively, the shine has worn off the fight, and with Rousey now headed for a WWE career, it's highly doubtful that she ever returns to the cage.

"If she really can".

"If she wants to make a comeback and get one fight, I think she will do the best she's ever done and I think she'll be victorious", he said. "It's 50-50 right now I would say".

UFC women's featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

During an appearance on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, Tarverdyan said that he would like to see his student take on a woman who has always been her verbal sparring partner but never an actual opponent - recently crowned UFC women's featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino. Despite plenty of speculation over the years regarding a potential clash between the pair, a fight has yet to materialise.

Rousey has not fought since suffering a 48-second knockout to reigning champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December.

"I want that fight", Tarverdyan said.

"I don't know. I can't say that. I've spoken to her, but I don't know if she'll do it", he added. In fact, he wants Cyborg for Ronda's comeback fight. And Ronda will beat her.

The temptation of another big payday might be a tempting one to Rousey, but Tarverdyan believes the fight offers so much more than that. I think whatever she wants to do right now, she can do.