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Alex Volkanovski’s Coach ‘Lost For Words’ After UFC 276 Win

Eugene Bareman called Alex Volkanovski’s UFC 276 performance “brilliant.”

Volkanovski picked former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway apart for five rounds, defending his title. Bareman was a guest on Submission Radio to discuss the bout.

“Oh man, I’m lost for words, man,” Bareman said. “Like, it’s just… the team, me, Joe, Alex, the coaches, we talked about a masterclass, about just cementing, solidifying every round and just being convincing.

“Shit, I didn’t know he’d be that convincing. I didn’t know that. You know, as much as I’ve gotten to know Alex over the years, like, the guy could still have a performance like that and still leave me like gob-smacked. I’m like, wow. Like, just when you think he’s good and he’s at his best, he just finds another level.

“And just, what a masterclass. Like, respectfully, if that’s not the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, then I don’t know who else is.”

Bareman continued, proclaiming his fighter “the best in the world.”

“That he’s the best. He’s the best on the planet,” Bareman said. “He was the best after the first fight with Max. Max was the best, and then we beat him. And then people still didn’t – there was still some doubters. And then the second fight was close, but we still won. And then there was still some doubters. I was never in doubt.

“I knew Alex was the better fighter from the start. I didn’t think we had to have the second fight. I definitely didn’t think we needed the third fight to prove that. Now, it’s not important to me, it’s not important to me, but it does get important to Alex and it does get important to the team.”