For all of those who were hoping the recent report of Travis Browne leaving Edmond Tarverdyan for Team Blackhouse was true, you can cancel the party.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports the No. 9 ranked heavyweight in the UFC isn’t leaving the embattled head coach at the Glendale Fight Club and Tarverdyan will be in his corner when he fights Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 105.
On the 5ive Rounds podcast, Travis Browne told us he has NOT left Edmond Tarverdyan and that Tarverdyan will still be in his corner on 2/19.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 1, 2017
Tarverdyan’s come under fire for how he’s coached star pupil, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and Browne’s girlfriend, Ronda Rousey.
Many have said Rousey’s lack of growth as a fighter, telling her to keep boxing when she lost her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Nov. 2015 and seeming to come unprepared in her defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December is the fault of Tarverdyan.
The coach hasn’t spoken out on the claims and apparently will continue to get “Hapa” ready for “The Black Beast”.
Browne is in a must-win situation as he’s lost three of his last four fights while Lewis looks to extend his winning streak to six and inch one step closer to a shot at the UFC heavyweight championship.
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place on Feb. 19 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.