2015 was not a good year for Ronda Rousey's coach Edmond Tarverdyan. Following Rousey's knockout by Holly Holm, Tarverdyan came under major criticism for what was clearly a flawed game plan against Holm.
Tarverdyan was then suspended for three months, fined $5,000 and had his California cornerman license revoked for submitting a false application in regards to past criminal offenses.
To add insult to injury, Tarverdyan filed for bankruptcy in November, claiming to have $700,000 in debts, while stating that he earned an average monthly income of "$0.00" and only had $3,300 in assets.
Sadly, 2016 doesn't look like it's going to get any better for Tarverdyan. BloodyElbow.com has got ahold of the transcripts for Tarverdyan's bankruptcy hearings and there's quite a few ... shall we say ... discrepancies.
The first hearing took place in September 2015. The second took place in December. In three months, it seems Tarverdyan's answers had changed quite a bit. While there are several inconsistencies throughout the hearings, let's take a look at some of the bigger ones.
First, Tarverdyan's income claim. In September, Tarverdyan stated:
Trustee: Do you have any source of income at all?
Tarverdyan: Like, I do, like, you know, sometimes I do personal trainings, like, I get 50 bucks, 40 bucks, but I wouldn't call it that much of an income.
Yet in December, Tarverdyan stated:
Trustee: How much do you estimate you've received or will receive from training Ronda Rousey in 2015?
Tarverdyan: It's in, it's in the, it's in the six-figure mark.
When it comes to the issue of who runs the Glendale Fighting Club, which would technically be considered an asset, Tarverdyan stated in September:
Trustee: So who runs it now?
Tarverdyan: [Sevak Ohanjanyan] runs it. A student of mine took over and started running it and, but it's not doing well so.
Trustee: Who is the owner of the gym?
Tarverdyan: Diana Avetisyan ... That's my wife.
This is also interesting because in September his wife was a "social worker," but in December she was "the president" of "GFC Fitness Incorporated," which is the corporation that currently owns the gym.
As stated, the inconsistencies don't end there. You can listen to the complete audio recording of Tarverdyan's testimony below:
So what does this all mean for Tarverdyan? Best case scenario, Tarverdyan's bankruptcy case could be dismissed, which would mean that he would be held responsible for his debts. Or, at worst, Tarverdyan could face charges for perjury (lying under oath).
Tarverdyan's fate is in the hands of Chapter 7 Trustee Jason M. Rund (the one asking the questions), who provided BloodyElbow.com with the following statement:
"I am continuing to investigate the debtor's financial affairs in light of the information I obtained at the creditors' meetings and in the subsequent documents he has provided."
Whatever the outcome, 2016 doesn't look like it's starting off on the right foot for Edmond Tarverdyan.