To hear Bareman compare Adesanya to the great Muhammad Ali, should be a shock, but it isn’t. Bareman sees how Adesanya carries himself every day and his passion to be the best drives him to deliver inside and outside of the Octagon.
UFC fans have only been tuned into the Adesanya show for just over three years, where he decimated the competition at middleweight. Defeating Rob Wilkinson, Marvin Vettori, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson, Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum, Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa. That resume is insane for a fighter with only nine UFC appearances.
But when you think about what he’s accomplished in such a short time and who Adesanya is, it’s not far-fetched for Bareman to see just how great Adesanya is and can be. A victory over Blachowicz at UFC 259 will make him just the fifth fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two divisional titles.
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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 that Bareman believes Adesanya will use to cement his legacy.
UFC 259 is the perfect way for Bareman and CKB to start off 2021, another chance to showcase that they are still one of the premier powerhouse gyms in MMA.
Bareman can hardly wait for what the team will accomplish this year.
“We are at the pinnacle of the sport. That means we are getting bigger and better and that means more pressure. For me and my coaches, the pressure is trying to widen the gap again,” said Bareman. “For 2021, what I see is more pressure and triumph, coming out on top through a lot of big fights and leaving with diamonds, and that starts at UFC 259.”