As far as Eugene Bareman is concerned, his fighter, Israel Adesanya, deserves an immediate rematch.
Adesanya dropped the UFC title to Alex Pereira in a stunning upset earlier this year. And Bareman told Submission Radio that he would be ready to go again in the early portion of 2023.
For now, the UFC has yet to make a decision on the status of Pereira, Adesanya or the middleweight title.
“We’re quietly confident,” Bareman said. “You gotta understand, we were winning that fight relatively comfortably. We felt we were taking the rounds. But not comfortable enough – when you’re fighting somebody like that, whose gameplan appears to be, it’s not a guy who builds his gameplan around an accumulation of damage.
“He’s a guy that builds his gameplan around mentally wearing down and trying to land one big shot. And he’s comfortable giving rounds and then not panicking because he gives away rounds and it’s part of a bigger picture for him. Setting up what he ultimately is looking for.
“And with a few adjustments, we can make some changes there and build on a lot of positive things that happened in that fight for us.”
Check out the complete interview in the video below: