Israel Adesanya’s Coach Says Anderson Silva Can’t Compete With His Man’s Striking

You know a coach is confident of his fighter’s striking abilities, when he claims that Anderson Silva won’t be able to compete with him on the feet. That’s exactly what Israel Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman believes. As he recently said on a Israel Adesanya YouTube vlog (as transcribed by MMA Junkie).

“They’re on two different levels. Israel’s a highly refined specialist at what he does. Anderson’s been doing MMA for most of his life, but that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s not a striking fight. In a striking fight it wouldn’t be a competition. It’s an MMA fight, which is like the great equalizer so to speak. That’s what makes it an interesting contest. It’s not a striking fight; it’s an MMA fight and has all those other aspects.

“In a striking fight, the casual fan is definitely not going to agree with me, but that’s why they’re a casual fan. A striking match is not a competition with Israel Adesanya. His pedigree is much higher, and he’s a more high-caliber fighter. But this is an MMA fight, and that makes it more interesting. It makes the playing field more even, and that’s what makes it such an interesting fight.”

‘The Stylebender’ and ‘The Spider’ meet in the co-main event of UFC 234, which goes down in Melbourne on February 10th. Silva is regarding by many fans as being the greatest of all times and has a record of 34-8. Whereas Adesanya is unbeaten with a record of 15-0 and is regarded as a future champion by many.

Who did you think will leave the Octagon with the ‘W’ in Australia?

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