For those who haven't seen, the UFC has put together a hell of a promo video hyping next month's Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm fight. The video focuses on Ronda as a child discovering Judo and Holly as a teenager becoming a boxer.
On the November 14th PPV Ronda Rousey will defend her belt against Holly Holm. Also on the card will be the second title defense by 115 lb champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk as she faces Valerie Letourneau. Smart business decision as Joanna may not have the name recognition as Ronda but make no mistake about it she is just as vicious and from a pure striking standpoint she is much better than Ronda. Of course it didn't help that her first title defense was on Fight Pass and a lot of people didn't see it but ahead of UFC 193 it is being offered up as a free fight to promote the PPV. That said please if you are a fan of MMA watch Joanna's first title defense against Jessica Penne below. I will say it is pretty violent though so be forewarned.
She is easily my favorite woman fighter behind only Rousey and pairing her up with the high buyrate for a Rousey fight will pay off big if Joanna continues to be as dominant as she has been in her last couple of fights.
Post by currentbigthing on Oct 21, 2015 15:03:11 GMT -6
Are there any women at 115 who specialize in grappling? Joanna certainly looked great in terms of her striking. I wish I could say something about her takedown defense, but I feel like there weren't really any attempts other than the one real early in the first, the one right at the end of the first, and the exhausted attempt near the end of the fight. I feel like Joanna's hands might be a little more full if an elite grappler fights her way into a bout w/Joanna *AND* keeps to a grappling based "game plan" which it seems was one of the handful of troubles Ms. Penne had. It seemed to me like Penne must have had the idea going in to try and take Joanna down but when Joanna started in with the salt & pepper there, she blanked and was pretty much just trying to stay alive for the rest of the fight.
Carla Esparza whom by most is considered the best wrestler in the 115 lb division had all but one of her Takedowns stuffed by Joanna en route to suffering a pretty rough TKO beating in which Joanna won the belt. Closest anyone has come to tying Joanna up and neutralizing her striking was Claudia Gadelha whom Joanna beat by split decision. Claudia will more than likely get the next title shot once her hand heals but I'm not really convinced that she'll have improved enough to beat Joanna. Also didn't personally think the fight was as close as the judges did. Plus Joanna has shown vast improvement each fight, and I think she wins the rematch by a wider margin.
Rose Namajumas is mostly a grappler and could certainly pose a problem in a fight if Joanna slipped up and left an opening but Rose isn't strong enough to outright take Joanna down. Though I'd prefer she gets the chance to slowly build her way up through the ranks
Michelle Waterson is a pretty well rounded fighter though I wouldn't say she specializes in grappling she just can hold her own if it comes to that.
Jessica Aquilar is known for being a grappler but she struggled badly against Claudia Gadelha so I don't see her being a threat.
Paige Vanzant is still very under developed but she is good at closing distance and as Rogan would say "makes you fight inside a phone booth." Depending on her first UFC Main Event goes against Joanne Calderwood I could see her being close to a title shot. Speaking of Calderwood she isn't much of a grappler and her striking is a bit wild so I see her being picked apart by Joanna if that fight happened.
So Ronda Rousey's longtime coach and cornerman Edmund Tarverdyan is filling for bankruptcy for his $700,000 worth of credit card debt and also says he hasn't paid Federal Income Taxes due to him not having any taxable income for the last few years.
Edmond Tarverdyan has become a household name lately, at least in MMA circles. As the coach of perhaps the most dominant and well-known fighter in the world at the moment, Tarverdyan has been a passenger, or some might say a pilot, on the rocket ship known as Ronda Rousey. Which is what makes this next part so unusual.
Bloody Elbow's John Nash recently learned that Tarverdyan filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 29 in Los Angeles. Further investigation has revealed this to not be your average, everyday bankruptcy proceeding.
Tarverdyan lists his occupation as "Not Employed" while earning "$0.00" in gross wages, salary, tips, bonuses, and commissions and receiving "$0.00" in net income from operating a business, profession, or farm (Debtor 1 column below). His spouse did not file for bankruptcy but her income was included in the form. Bloody Elbow has redacted her precise income for privacy purposes but will confirm it is less than $10,000 a month and, after expenses, Tarverdyan claims a net monthly family income of $-110.00.
Filers are required to list their average monthly income received from all sources during the six full months prior to submitting for bankruptcy. For Tarverdyan, this is Jan. 1 through Jun. 30, 2015, a time period including Rousey's successful women's bantamweight title defense against Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy is designed for "debtors in financial difficulty who do not have the ability to pay their existing debts." Among his debts, Tarverdyan lists $136,925 owed to Bank of America, $117,714 to Barclays Bank Delaware, $194,252 to Citibank, $8,836 to Citibank Nk, $163,693 to Citibank South Dakota, $6,411 to Discover, $8,496 to Discover Bank, $11,953 to Glendale Memorial Hospital, $7,294 to HSBC Bank, $22,000 to HSBC Bank Nevada N.A., and $9,817 to Luis Samkow.
As if it's not strange enough that the coach of perhaps the UFC's biggest star would have over $700,000 in debt while listing only $3,300 in assets and earning no recent personal income, the story gets even stranger. Tarverdyan claims he can't remember the last time he filed a tax return.
On Aug. 28, Tarverdyan submitted a declaration stating, "For the taxable years 2013 and 2014 I wasn't required to file income taxes and did not file income taxes for those years. In fact, I have not filed for several years now and cannot recall when was the last year I filed an income tax return."
The unusual circumstances of this case haven't slipped past the bankruptcy trustee appointed to oversee the process. He's particularly interested in Tarverdyan's ownership or lack thereof in Glendale Fighting Club.
On Oct. 21, the trustee wrote in an application to the Court, "Applicant's preliminary investigation has revealed, among other things, that the Debtor transferred his interest in G.F.C. Fitness, Inc. ("GFC Fitness"), which owns and operates a fitness facility known as the Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, California." The trustee requested permission to hire an attorney to assist and advise in the following:
a. determine the nature, extent and value of the Debtor's former interest or current interest, if any, in GFC Fitness;
b. avoid any fraudulent and/or preferential transfers, including any transfers involving GFC Fitness;
c. liquidate any property that is recovered as a result of the avoidance of any transfers;
d. prosecute claims objections to the extent that legal issues are involved and that funds are generated for the estate; and
e. take such other legal action that may be necessary and appropriate. (emphasis added)
Preferential transfers are a big concern in any bankruptcy proceeding. People may transfer their valuable property to someone else before filing their case or pay back certain creditors (family members, for example) before others. It appears the trustee is aware of Tarverdyan's role at GFC and is suspicious as to why it doesn't show up in his official documents.
The trustee has since filed motions asking a judge to order Bank of America, Barclays, Citibank, Discover and HSBC to produce "copies of documents, records, information and statements reflecting all transactions" made on Tarverdyan's accounts from Jan. 1, 2008 through July 29, 2015, "including but not limited to dates and descriptions of cash advances, purchases, payments on account, source of payments and balances..."
In the same filings, the trustee notes among the summary of facts, "Debtor states that he had no income from employment or from the operations of a business in 2013 and 2014." These are the same years Rousey entered the UFC as an already-established champion and started taking the world by storm. It clearly seems peculiar to the trustee that her coach would have no income during this period and be able to incur such large debts.
The next important date in this case is Nov. 16, where Tarverdyan's scheduled to appear for a 314 meeting with creditors. He'll be put under oath and have to answer questions from the trustee and any creditors who decide to attend.
If nothing else, the timing's certainly noteworthy. Two days after coaching Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in what should be one of her highest-profile title defenses ever, Tarverdyan's scheduled to be under oath in a bankruptcy hearing to, in all likelihood, answer questions about why he earns no income and what happened to his gym.
I will be fairly surprised if this "genius" doesn't end up in jail for tax fraud at the very least. He wants people to believe that he never made a dollar training Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne (his last few camps) and Jake Ellenberger (for a few camps). He also wants us to believe that his gym the Glendale Fight Club (which he conveniently no longer has a stake in) also didn't make any money. I suppose he also has a bridge and some magic beans he is selling as well.
I wonder if Holm was trying to piss Rousey off on purpose to try and make her too emotional in the fight or if she genuinely just got lost in the moment? Either way we saw what happened when Bethe pissed Rousey off.
For those who didn't see/hear, at the weigh ins when they had their staredown Holm put her fist on Rousey's face and appeared to push her back slightly and Ronda reacted causing the two to have to be separated. Ronda responded by saying "she can see through her fake humility act" and would basically enjoy beating her up now.
Surprisingly enough I can see Holm making it a couple of rounds. I think her ability to fight at distance could be a big asset and since she has been doing a lot of training with Jon Jones I expect her to fully utilize her range. Still don't think she beats Ronda but she could certainly force Ronda to have to change her approach a bit.
That said she could always pull a Cat Zingano and inexplicably do something outside her normal character and cause herself to lose in a matter of seconds. With Holm's boxing background though I'm expecting an armbar finish.
Yeah their first fight was surprisingly good though I have a feeling that Bigfoot is getting GTFO this time rather than it going to the judges.
EDIT: Here's the fight card: Really wish Rosholt vs Struve wasn't opening the PPV, Rosholt is easily one of the most boring fighters on the roster. On paper Struve should win but he has had issues against wrestlers so I think Rosholt will pull off the upset via three rounds of being a human blanket.
Main Card (PPV, 10 PM ET)
Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve
Preliminary Card (FS1, 8 PM ET)
Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante Danny Martinez vs. Richie Vaculik
Preliminary Card (Fight Pass, 6 PM ET)
Daniel Kelly vs. Steve Montgomery Steve Kennedy vs. Rich Walsh James Moontasri vs. Anton Zafir Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen
You know I almost picked Holm but ultimately thought it was too much too fast and even with Ronda's disadvantage in striking it was hard to pick against her. It very much became a case of Ronda buying into her own hype in terms of her standup skills. She has power but her technique leaves a lot to be desired and she paid dearly for trying to outstrike a true boxer/kickboxer. Another reason why styles make fights.