UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has a big test ahead of him in his fourth title defence against preceding champion Robert Whittaker in a much-awaited, fans-wanted rematch at UFC 271. However, Adesanya’s possibility of fighting opponents out of the middleweight division never stops, it’s always fancy to see how far can Adesanya achieve with the class of striking he is. It is because of such fancying that Adesanya, though he lost, got his shot to challenge for the UFC light-heavyweight title back at UFC 259.
The super fights fancied also include Adesanya going against UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, for which Usman will be the one coming up and challenging for the title. Usman, who’s defended his title a record 5 times, is the pound for pound king, and surprisingly, Adesanya’s good friend since both the fighters are originally from the country of Nigeria. Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz believes that the fight between both is possible with the right money and right pitching. For the fans, they’re always in for a treat.
Coach Bareman thinks Abdelaziz doesn’t respects Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman’s friendship the way he does
In an interview with Submission Radio, Adesanya’s head coach as well as City Kickboxing‘s head coach Eugene Bareman is aware of the friendly relationship between Adesanya and Usman and therefore his opinion counts in the matter of a potential super-fight between the two best fighters in the world right now.
“So Israel and Kamaru are friends, respectfully I’ll never talk about them, fighting Israel as already said they won’t fight since they’re good friends,” says Bareman “I know a little bit about their relationship and just that’s like I said, out of respect, I’m not even gonna talk about that or contemplate it just in the same way that Kamaru and Israel don’t and no one and my team would…
That’s Kamaru’s team and Kamaru’s manager and they do things differently and if Kamaru’s manager doesn’t have the same respect that I do for Israel in the relationship that’s between them I got nothing to do with them so I don’t care about the matter,” said Bareman.
What do you make of coach Bareman talking about his student Israel Adesanya on fighting Adesanya’s fellow countryman Kamaru Usman? Do you think the fight makes sense business and game-wise and therefore both the fighters should keep their sentiments aside to make it happen for the fans and their own legacy? Or do you have more respect for both the fighters avoiding the talk because of the spoken brotherhood they’ve for each other? Regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that these 2 are the best fighters in the UFC and therefore are inspirational to the African talent of MMA.