“It Was a Little Bit Unjust” – Alexander Volkanovski’s Coach Makes a “Strong Case for Fighter Safety”

Published 09/28/2021, 12:15 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega delivered a ‘Fight of the Year’ worthy performance at UFC 266. However, it took a lot from Ortega to keep going after the punishment he received at the end of the third round. Most of the MMA community gave respect to ‘T-City’ for the same, while some made a strong point on fighter’s safety. One such person includes Volkanovski’s coach, Eugene Bareman.

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In the third round, Ortega managed to put Volkanovski in a tight guillotine choke. It appeared the fight was about to conclude with ‘T-City’ coming on top. However, ‘The Great’ had other plans.

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Volkanovski somehow escaped the guillotine choke and immediately executed a dominating ground-and-pound. It did a lot of damage to Ortega, as he appeared to be needing assistance to get back up on the stool after the third round. 

Volkanovski’s coach, Eugene Bareman, recently appeared in an interview with Submission Radio. When asked about the UFC 266 main event, Bareman said, “Yeah, look, I am not that familiar with the rules. But I mean, if you need to be physically picked up and put on your stool, there’s very, very strong case for fighter safety.”

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“Sometimes, you send your fighter in there. It takes a little bit too much damage. You don’t know what the effects of that little bit extra damage is going to be in the long term. So, here is a tough one, I felt yeah, I felt a little bit, I thought it was a little bit unjust.”

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The damage Ortega took from Volkanovski after failing to secure the tap was ultimately too much to overcome. Given the damage he took, it was not surprising to see a decline in his performance.

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After the third round, even the referee Herb Dean showed his concern towards Ortega. The referee asked the doctor to step in and take a look at ‘T-City’, who had a busted-up face. However, as the doctor gave the green light, the fight continued.

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In the championship rounds, Volkanovski continued to dominate the fight with his elite striking. Although Ortega might have lost the fight, he won the hearts of many through his performance at UFC 266

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What do you make of what Alexander Volkanovski’s coach Eugene Bareman had to say about this situation? Do you agree with him?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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