Israel Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, is confident they can win their middleweight title rematch against Alex Pereira in the first quarter of 2023.
With Pereira now 2-0 over Adesanya in kickboxing and 1-0 in UFC, Bareman knows they’ve only got one more shot at this opponent.
“We’re quietly confident,” he 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 the 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 and build on many positive things that happened in that fight for us.”
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