Eugene Bareman said he wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC booked a fourth fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway.
The pair of featherweight stars are gearing up for a trilogy fight, although Volkanovski won the first two encounters. Based on the history of UFC matchmaking, Bareman believes it’s entirely possible for ‘Blessed’ to earn Volkanovski another shot even if the champion remains at UFC 276.
“I guess that wouldn’t surprise me,” Bareman told Submission Radio. “They literally tried to make Figueiredo against Moreno four times. Luckily for us, we will have the advantage of not being there for the fourth time… Yeah, that wouldn’t surprise me, but we just need to put a dominant cachet on this fight and kind of like making it a chapter in Alex’s career.”
Watch Eugene Bareman’s interview in the clip below:
In MMA, it’s rare for fighters to be booked for a third fight if one is already two wins ahead. Besides Volkanovski vs. Holloway, BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson, and Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz are the only notable examples.
Eugene Bareman admits he didn’t agree with Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway rematch
Eugene Bareman was honest with his reluctance to let Alexander Volkanovski fight Max Holloway. The Kiwi MMA coach even admitted that he was not in favor of the rematch. In the same interview, he said:
“This fight is going to be a very different fight. Truth be told, I took issue with the second fight. I was the only team member who said, ‘I don’t think we should do that second fight. I don’t think it’s necessary, on short notice. I was the only member of our team who raised my hand and said, “No, let’s not do it again. I said that because I thought we needed time to prepare accordingly.”
After his pair of fights against Holloway, the Aussie champion defended the belt twice against Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Meanwhile, Holloway found his way back to the title with back-to-back wins over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez.