When the chips are down, can the right coach steer a fighter away from an impending loss? Although almost anyone’s could have coached Ronda Rousey better at UFC 193 than Edmond Tarverdyan, would any coach’s words on fight night actually have made a difference in the end? It is impossible to know for sure, but if any coach had the skill set to steer Rousey clear of danger, it’s likely be one of the elite trainers on this list.The nature of how and when athletes develop in mixed martial arts tends to increase the significance of coaching in the overall success of a fighter.At any given time in an MMA fighter’s career, the right coach can have a momentous impact. The same can’t easily be said in boxing, where champions (especially the all-time greats) tend to be reared in the sport. Sugar Ray Robinson picked up the sweet science in the ninth grade. Muhammad Ali first laced up the gloves at age 12. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (so his father, Floyd Sr., tells us) started his training before he could even walk. That isn’t the case in MMA.At a young age, very few fighters take the same interdisciplinary approach to combat sports that they… Read full this story
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