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Eugene Bareman did not watch Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev 2: ‘I used to be too terrified of what might occur’

February 10, 2024 9:45 am ET Eugene Bareman admits he couldn’t get himself to watch Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev 2 at UFC 294. Bareman was unable to corner Volkanovski (26-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) for his title-fight rematch against lightweight champion Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) this past October. After almost beating Makhachev in their

Eugene Bareman did not watch Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev 2: ‘I used to be too terrified of what might occur’


Eugene Bareman admits he couldn’t get himself to look at Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev 2 at UFC 294.

Bareman was unable to nook Volkanovski (26-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) for his title-fight rematch in opposition to light-weight champion Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) this previous October.

After virtually beating Makhachev of their first combat at UFC 284, featherweight champion Volkanovski stepped in on brief discover for his or her rematch. Bareman was in opposition to the concept, and didn’t even watch the combat when it occurred.

“From a aggressive standpoint, I advised him, ‘Neglect it,’” Bareman stated in an interview with “She Loves The Gloves.” “Sure, in fact, we as a workforce will do our greatest to make use of this time and get you as ready as one could be on every week’s discover. Realistically, we don’t have a lot of an opportunity. But when the UFC gives you, say, this, this, or this – positive, give it some thought and possibly we are able to determine one thing out.

“I’ll watch the tape and design the sport plan that will give us the very best likelihood of getting the win. And in order that’s what occurred. The UFC got here again with supply and he agreed. However I didn’t even have the time to get to Abu Dhabi and nook him. All of it occurred so quick, I had prior commitments that I couldn’t simply cancel. I didn’t even watch the combat – I used to be too terrified of what might occur.”

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Bareman’s worst concern occurred. Volkanovski was knocked out by Makhachev within the first spherical.

“I had a sense it might be one thing like this,” Bareman stated. “I clearly didn’t need to be proper, however sadly, I used to be. As soon as once more, in several circumstances, I actually consider that even on a brief discover the end result could have been totally different. However in fact, we’ve got to additionally give credit score to Islam. His abilities are excellent and he deserved that win.”

Volkanovski defends his featherweight title in opposition to Ilia Topuria (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) within the UFC 298 principal occasion Feb. 17 at Honda Heart in Anaheim, Calif.

For extra on the cardboard, go to MMA Junkie’s occasion hub for UFC 298.

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