Hearing Bareman compare Adesanya to the great Muhammad Ali should come as a shock, but it isn’t. Bareman sees how Adesanya is doing every day and his passion to be the best drives him to deliver inside and outside the Octagon.
UFC fans have only been tuning in to Adesanya’s show for just over three years, where it decimated the middleweight competition. Defeat Rob Wilkinson, Marvin Vettori, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson, Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa. This resume is crazy for a fighter with just nine UFC appearances.
But when you think about what he has accomplished in such a short period of time and who Adesanya is, it is no exaggeration for Bareman to see how great Adesanya is and can be. A victory over Blachowicz at UFC 259 will make him the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two division titles simultaneously.
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It’s a fight that will set Adesanya’s legacy apart from many of the best fighters in UFC history and it’s an opportunity Bareman believes Adesanya will use to cement his legacy.
UFC 259 is the perfect way for Bareman and CKB to start 2021, another opportunity to show that they are still one of the best gyms in MMA.
Bareman can’t wait to see what the team will accomplish this year.
“We are at the height of sport. It means we get bigger and better and it means more pressure. For me and my coaches the pressure is again trying to widen the gap, ”said Bareman. “For 2021, what I see is more pressure and triumph, coming out the winner of a lot of big fights and coming away with diamonds, and that starts at UFC 259.”