Recently, UFC star Khamzat Chimaev expressed his interest in fighting Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title. The move has drawn a lot of attention and debate among MMA fans. However, Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, has dismissed Chimaev’s ambitions as “ridiculous”.
Israel Adesanya’s coach hits back at Khamzat Chimaev
Speaking to Submission Radio, Bareman emphasized that Chimaev has not yet proven himself as a true contender in the middleweight division. While he recognizes Chimaev as a talented fighter, he feels that Chimaev has not proved himself yet. He raised the question of Chimaev not yet fighting in the middleweight division.
The esteemed coach also had some words of advice. He urges Chimaev to compete with at least three names. The names can be as low as they can get. The Swede still has to show that he has earned his title shot, rather than being handed on a platter by Dana White. Bareman was even enraged as the prospects. Criticizing White he said, “You’re devaluing the sport.”
Bareman’s comments echo the sentiments of many MMA analysts, who believe that Chimaev needs to prove himself against higher-ranked opponents before he can be considered a legitimate contender for the middleweight title.
Bareman believes Adesanya can become one of the greatest
Meanwhile, Adesanya continues to dominate the middleweight division with his impressive skills and record-breaking performances, the last of which came against his arch nemesis Alex Pereira. His coach Bareman has praised his work ethic and dedication to the sport, noting that Adesanya is always looking for ways to improve his game.
In a recent interview, Bareman discussed Adesanya’s training and preparation for his next step, noting that the champion is always looking for new challenges and ways to push himself.
“Israel is always pushing himself to the limit,” Bareman said. The coach also mentioned that ‘The last stylebender’ will further work on his technique, cardio, and strength. Knowing Adesanya, Bareman is optimistic that he will never lose his hunger for the sport, and for excellence. This is what makes him a great fighter is what his coach believes.
Bareman also touched on Adesanya’s legacy in the sport, noting that he has the potential to become one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. “Israel is already a legend in the sport, but he’s not done yet,” Bareman said. “He’s always looking to make history and leave his mark on the sport.”
Unfortunately, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has pretty much clean-swept the 185 lb division. With two victories against Robert Whittaker, Two against Marvin Vettori, and one against Jared Cannonier and Paulo Costa, there just aren’t many fresh contenders left.
Sure a potential feud can take place against Dricus Du Plessis but the South African isn’t necessarily a very big name yet. Chimaev in general has been much more dominant during his career at the biggest MMA promotion in the world.
Do you think Khamzat deserves the title shot?