Head coach Eugene Bareman has lost respect for Khabib Nurmagomedov: “He got all Hollywood”

Eugene Bareman believes stardom got to former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and now he has lost respect.

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Head coach Eugene Bareman says he lost respect for Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov might be rising to new levels of stardom in recent times but some of his fans want the old Khabib back. And one of them is head coach Eugene Bareman.

Despite being called one of the most humble fighters in the UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to be losing his name for being the purist and respectable MMA fighter he is. Eugene Bareman, the coach of Israel Adesanya, Dan Hooker, Brad Riddell, and others is beginning to lose respect for the former UFC lightweight champion.

Eugene believes Khabib, in recent times, has given in to the dark arts of UFC and lost his trueness. Khabib in recent times has been in the mix of a lot of controversies and Bareman believes it is mainly because of the “Hollywood” side of the Russian fighter. In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Bareman spoke about why he has lost respect for Nurmagomedov and his team.

“Khabib talks more sh*t about other fighters than anybody and I am disappointed to see that. Because for me, he was a guy that, ‘Oh man, this guy’s still a purist,'” said Eugene in his interview with Submission Radio. “That’s not a part of his DNA but now you see him slagging off fighters and Makhachev does the same. That was not part of their culture.”

Eugene Bareman misses the old Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Khabib and his father sharing a beautiful moment inside the octagon

When Bareman talks about the trash-talking, he is referring to the recent spat between Khabib and Justin Gaethje about the no.1 contender spot involving another Dagestani fighter, Islam Makhachev. “Now they’re just like everybody else. Khabib talks just as much sh*t as everybody else. He used to respect all fighters,” said Eugene.

“I like the old, I like the way they used to be before they got all Hollywood. They had their own culture. They weren’t trying to be American. They brought a real pure kind of edge to the sport and that is missing from the very top,” exclaimed the head coach. UFC is not new to trash-talking but Khabib was a standout during his fighting days when he managed to dodge all the nonsense and stick to just dominating his opponents.

Despite being a little harsh about his feelings on Khabib, Eugene then ended by saying, “I still respect them a lot but the thing that I used to respect about them…the guys like Khabib and that, is they were purists. All they did was fight. Don’t worry about the media, just get on with your job and fight.”

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