“A lot of what we do is 100% plagiarized”

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya’s supreme dominance of the octagon owes it to his outstanding team and coach. His trainer, Eugene Bareman, has been directing his training for a number of years and has overseen several championship fights for “Izzy”.

Bareman is the founder of City Kickboxing in New Zealand, a gym that houses fellow champion and featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski. Over the years, Bareman has earned a reputation for being one of the best in the business.

In a recent interview with Combat TV, the acclaimed trainer revealed a factor in his success. Bareman didn’t hold back on admitting that he takes inspiration from other successful coaches and their methods:

“You know, when it comes to choosing a strategy and different tactics, there is no right or wrong. There is only whether it works, yes? Ultimately, that’s the decision. We have the way we do things and other teams have the way they do things. And man, I’m a big fan of studying what other teams and what other coaches are doing. And certainly a lot of what we do is 100% copied from other teams and other coaches.”

He further elaborated on how coaches and trainers should approach inspiring one another by giving each other credit:

“And look, that’s what I think coaches and coaches should be doing. They should look at other successful trainers, teams, and fighters, and if there are aspects they can add to their team’s success, then they should steal them. One thing we should probably do a little more credit for each other as coaches and coaches. We should probably say a little thank you every once in a while and stuff like that.”

Watch Bareman’s full interview with Combat TV:

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Israel Adesanya reveals what makes Eugene Bareman so special

Israel Adesanya only surrounds herself with the best. Through his social media content and championship reign, it’s evident that the “Last Stylebender” prides himself on achieving perfection in every respect.

Israel Adesanya spoke about the virtues of his longtime coach Eugene Bareman and described his mastery of his craft; something that makes him a perfect addition to Adesanya’s team. In a press conference alongside his City Kickboxing teammates Alexander Volkanovski and Kai Kara-France, he said:

“Eugene who I worked with for a couple of years and I think his insight into the game and also to put it that way there was one of those days during that camp… I watched him tell everyone how it goes do what they do and it was like he was playing a video game. He was just so intrigued. And he was just in his element. Looked like a kid in a candy store.

Israel Adesanya described Bareman’s passion for MMA and his attention to detail. He also credited the MMA guru for choosing the rest of his team with just as much care to ensure a healthy work environment.

Watch Israel Adesanya’s full comments at the UFC press conference on YouTube:

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