According to a Sept. 25 post from The MMA Corner, Shayna Baszler says Miesha Tate's team brought Dennis Hallman in to TUF 18 house for no other reason than to egg Edmond Tarverdyan on and try to get him kicked out of the house.
"They really make it seem like Edmond Tarverdyan is randomly being a douchebag and mean mugging Dennis Hallman out of the blue. As all things in reality TV, this isn’t the whole story," Baszler wrote. "As you will all recall, if you light Edmond’s fuse, the bomb at the other end is a big one. Team Tate knew this. I don’t want to get into all the whys of how we heard it being talked about, and I’m sure that the haters will point at this paragraph and say I am making up a bunch of stuff and whatnot, but whatever. Team Tate brought Hallman in to egg Edmond on. Period. From the second Hallman got there, he was fronting Edmond. A brilliant and dastardly tactic, really. Edmond was our head coach. He ran practice while Ronda Rousey trained right alongside us. If he gets kicked off the show, we are essentially screwed. If Hallman gets kicked off, who cares, really? And if you know Hallman, then you know he can be a bit of a dick.
"So, for many reasons not shown and too many to pick at and talk about, just know that this interaction between him and Hallman was not some out of the blue junior high bullshit. Edmond had reason to be upset. Ronda and the coaches were wise to all of this, and so they removed Edmond from the situation before it got out of hand. Ronda may talk a lot and she may have a lot of haters, but she does have honor. She didn’t think it was right at all to call Edmond out to fight in a cage over some bullshit pissing contest when it would work to a professional advantage for them. She told Hallman as much."
Baszler said Rousey's other coaches were ready to jump in at any moment, in the event that Hallman didn't like "Rowdy" stepping to him.
"Ronda doesn’t back down for anyone, and you can see Andy Dermenjian and Manny Gamburyan were right there in the case that Hallman didn’t like Ronda standing to him," Baszler said. "You mess with one of the Armenian Mafia, you mess with all of them. After the incident, Ronda and Miesha Tate both made an agreement to Dana White that no more pranks or bullshit would go on. It’s a bold promise to be made by them considering how much hatred they have towards each other."
Rousey is an intelligent woman. She knows exactly what she's doing. Stepping up to Dennis Hallman and Bryan Caraway put them in lose-lose situations, as they would have looked terrible to the general public if they had done anything even remotely close to pushing the star judoka.
As for Baszler, she did make a good point in her blog. Tarverdyan ran Team Rousey's practices while the UFC bantamweight champ trained right alongside members of their squad. If he got kicked off the show, Team Rousey would have been in a tough spot.
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