Since Ronda Rousey (6-0) made her MMA debut she has become known for submission ability. In all nine of her fights, they have ended the same way: armbar submission via round one. Her striking coach Edmond Tarverdyan said despite all her previous victory’s coming via submission to not underestimate her striking ability.
“What she has is amazing, but people don’t understand: Ronda’s boxing is so good right now,” said Tarverdyan on Sherdog Radio. “If I could, I’d turn that girl into a boxing professional world champion. She was sparring with girls in our gym that are like 16-1 and WBA world champions, Lucia Rijker … and Ronda gets the best out of it.”
Tarverdyan notes that he has been training Rousey on her jabs the last six months and it showed in her last fight against Sarah Kaufman (15-2).
“That was exactly the game plan,” Tarverdyan said. “Ronda has a great jab. She does like six in a row when we’re doing pad work and mitt work. In the gym she’s also working that jab. It comes natural to her. She always had her left foot forward when she was doing judo tournaments, so she’s real comfortable with sticking that jab and grabbing them and taking them down.”