Israel Adesanya was defeated in a match against Sean Strickland. Few expected Adesanya to experience such a defeat, but it looked like he was fighting without a motive. His head coach, Eugene Bareman, appeared at the conference instead of Adesanya, who did not want to appear.
He decided to stay with his family and friends. Bareman emphasized right at the start that they took this challenge seriously. However, Adesanya totally disappointed with his performance, despite great preparations. "The universe does things,” Bareman said, as quoted by mmajunkieusatoday.com!
“I think Sean is a great fighter and I never thought that Sean wasn’t capable of beating Israel, but I thought if Israel performed to the fullest of his capabilities, that it would be hard for Sean. There was an alternate kind of universe where Israel performs his poorest or poorly where Sean could win, and I’m sitting in that universe right now.
Training camp was great. I’m not going to make any excuses in regard to that. Leading up to the fight was great, sparring partners, everything. All the technical things that have to do with the camp were perfect. No excuses there”.
Bareman wants a rematch
This great coach still believes in Adesanya and hopes that a rematch will happen soon. It will be a great chance for Israel to get the belt back. The question is whether the UFC leaders have the same plan.
“I asked Mick if we could have the rematch next weekend,” Bareman said. “Will he grant it? I’m not sure, but I’m just very confident we can change the outcome of this fight with some minor adjustments.
What I’m saying is that we couldn’t get Israel to enact our plan. There wasn’t much cohesion in the corner. You have nights like this. I think we can do the rematch tomorrow and have a good night”.