UFC news: Ronda Rousey’s training woes reason for media black-out

Ronda Rousey did not attend a media day before her fight (Picture: Getty)

Ronda Rousey needed to concentrate on her training ahead of her UFC comeback and that meant a media black-out, according to her coach.

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Edmond Tarverdyan is Rousey’s long-term coach and admitted her body wasn’t responding brilliantly to the training ahead of her comeback to the octagon last December.

Rousey was criticised for refusing to do much publicity leading up to her return as she opted to focus soley on training.

‘We’ve done too much media and a lot of work,’ Tarverdyan told the MMA Hour.

Ronda Rousey's coach explains media black-out before UFC 207 in part down to training woes
Edmond Tarverdyan says his fighter needed a break from the media (Picture: Getty)

‘So we decided just to stay away for one fight. I don’t think it was a big deal, just to stay away and focus on the fight.

‘So we could have a different outcome — and we fell short. It didn’t work, but it didn’t mean we disrespected anybody.

‘It was just a decision to make life easier and just move on like that.’

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Ronda Rousey's coach explains media black-out before UFC 207 in part down to training woes
(Picture: Getty)

Tarverdyan was criticised for his coaching of Rousey after she was stopped by Amanda Nunes, but the coach revealed his fighter was not at 100 per cent during camp.

‘She wasn’t feeling that good,’ Tarverdyan said.

‘Body wasn’t keeping up and we had to eliminate a lot of things so she could at least focus on training and make the fight happen somehow.

Ronda Rousey's coach explains media black-out before UFC 207 in part down to training woes
(Picture: Getty)

‘That’s a decision we made.

‘It had to be that way, so I wasn’t surprised [she didn’t do media]. I wasn’t.’

Rousey has not said a word about her MMA career since losing to Nunes in December 2016 and has yet to confirm whether she has decided to retire from fighting.

The Nunes defeat was the second knockout defeat in a row for Rousey and UFC boss Dana White has repeatedly said he believes his star has hung up her gloves.

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