The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) have suspended Ronda Rousey’s trainer Edmond Tarverdyan for three months and fined him $5,000 for falsifying his paperwork as a licensed cornerman.
The CSAC added that Tarverdyan, who appeared at a hearing on Tuesday, failed to disclose his criminal record when applying for his corner’s license. As a result, he has been banned from being in Rousey’s corner for the next 90 days.
In a statement submitted to the CSAC prior to his hearing on Tuesday, Tarverdyan apologised for his decision to hide his prior convictions.
“I want to first and foremost apologise to Executive Officer Andy Foster and the honorable commissioners,” Tarverdyan wrote.
“I take my position and role in combat sports very seriously, and I regret if this matter has caused any embarrassment to the California State Athletic Commission.
“In my life, I have not concealed my past indiscretions from people I come into contact with. And I do not want to do so in this instance. I train many young athletes and when I see that they are heading down the wrong path in life, I often remind them of the mistakes and regrets of my past as a way to guide them onto the right track in life.
“I hope to continue to take the opportunity to help others in combat sports to make the correct moral and ethical decisions in their lives. And I intend to make the correct decisions in my life as well.”
In 2010, Tarverdyan was arrested on two felony counts of identity theft and one count of resisting arrest. The charges were reduced to misdemeanors and Tarverdyan pleaded no contest, but he was still required to disclose this when applying for his license.
This is just the latest chapter in what has been a tough six months for the 34-year-old, who filed for bankruptcy after watching Rousey get knocked out and lose her UFC women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia in November last year.
Furthermore, Rousey’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, is trying to convince her daughter to look for another trainer as she believes Tarverdyan is an “idiot” and a “fraud”.
Should Rousey keep Tarverdyan as her trainer, he will not have to worry about missing her next fight since the 29-year-old won’t face Holm in a rematch until later this year.