Edmond Tarverdyan will be back in his fighters' corners before long.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) suspended the well-known coach for three months and fined him $5,000 for falsifying his application with regards to a past arrest at a hearing Tuesday. Tarverdyan will also be on probation for three years.
Tarverdyan, known for coaching UFC star Ronda Rousey, was arrested in 2010 on two felony counts of identity theft and one count of resisting arrest. The coach, who trains fighters out of Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles County, put down a "no" on his corner's license application in April 2, 2015 regarding whether he had any criminal offenses. His license was revoked for the violation two weeks ago for the offense.
Half the CSAC fine is for violating the rule for falsifying an application and the other half is for discrediting boxing and/or mixed martial arts. Tarverdyan, 34, will not be able to corner any fighter in any Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) jurisdiction for the next three months.
In 2011, Tarverdyan's identity theft charges were bumped down to a misdemeanor and he pleaded no contest to all three counts. Tarverdyan was sentenced to one day in jail (with one day of credit), three years probation and 30 days of community service. The probation was given an early termination in 2013.
LINK: CSAC suspends Edmond Tarverdyan three months, fines him $5K for falsifying application
Henderson said there were multiple reasons for signing with Bellator and admitted the ability to sign in-cage sponsors played a pivotal role in his decision.
As a Bellator athlete, Henderson is able to sign sponsors independently from the promotion. The UFC does not allow its athletes to wear sponsorships into the Octagon, due to its exclusive apparel deal with Reebok.
In his most recent fight, a UFC Fight Pass main event on Nov. 28 in Korea, Henderson made $15,000 sponsorship money per the Reebok agreement. He anticipates making more than that per fight with Bellator.
"I won't lie, it was a very big deal," Henderson said. "The ability to get sponsors on your own and not have to rely on the amount that Reebok dictates to you was a huge factor. I'd be straight up lying if I said it wasn't a very big part of my decision to go to Bellator.
"I also want to be a trailblazer for the betterment of fighters. Bellator is open to a fighters union -- fighters binding together to see what's in our best interest. That's something you can't even breathe about elsewhere. I think it's a good thing for myself and other fighters to have that."
That said, Henderson said he left the UFC on good terms. In his announcement regarding Bellator on his personal website on Monday, he made it a point to name individuals he worked with during his time with the company. In an interview with MMAJunkie.com, UFC president Dana White referred to Henderson as a "great guy" and said he signed the "right deal for him."
"[UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta called me himself. So did [UFC president] Dana White," Henderson said. "I was able to speak to them. They were both super understanding. There is no animosity there. I have no ill will towards anyone at the UFC, so I thought everything worked out well."
LINK: Sponsorships, title shot drew Benson Henderson to Bellator
MMAjunkie spoke to White about the situation and the respect was returned. He also said that the UFC could have matched the offer from Bellator, but chose not to.
“The truth is we made him an offer that would have paid him substantially more – like not even in the same ballpark – than he’s getting now if he were to become world champion again, but he chose their deal, which offered more up front,” White said. “He’s a former world champion who’s ranked No. 15 now. We’re looking for top-5 guys, guys that are going from 15 to 1, not the other way around.
“But I’m honestly happy for Benson. I’m not angry. Who knows? This could be the last contract he ever signs. He got the right deal for him. He’s a great guy, and we wish him all the best.”
LINK: Dana White: 'Great guy' Benson Henderson got 'right deal for him' in move to Bellator
Despite confirming that his next fight will take place under the Rizn FF banner, Fedor hinted that the UFC could still be in his future.
"I'm open to all organizations," Emelianenko told reporters. "If you have any suggestions, we look at all of them. In this respect, we like to work with Rizin - contracts are not exclusive. Regarding M-1 Global, that is a big question. I perhaps rather appear in the UFC than in M1."
While fans remain concerned that Fedor may not challenge himself with tough opponent while with Rizin, he added that he is open to rematches against all the fighters who beat him in Strikeforce.
"If they go into Rizin, I'm ready for a rematch with them even now," said Emelianenko. "But it is not yet possible in the UFC."
LINK: Fedor says he is more likely to fight for the UFC than M-1 Global
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