Coach Eugene Bareman thinks Nick Diaz ‘ought to by no means have been in there’ at UFC 266

Nick Diaz made his return to the octagon after over six years out of competitors and one coach is questioning whether or not that lengthy layoff was an excessive amount of to beat.

In an interview with Submission Radio, coach Eugene Bareman—who cornered each featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Dan Hooker to victories this previous Saturday in Las Vegas—was requested for his ideas on Diaz’s loss to Robbie Lawler, which happened on the principle card of UFC 266. Competing in his first combat since January 2015, Diaz succumbed to strikes early within the third spherical to his previous rival, a end result that was not solely stunning given the circumstances.

Diaz’s combat week demeanor raised eyebrows as his bout with Lawler was abruptly bumped as much as a 185-pound contest and Diaz at instances sounded reluctant to compete (an perspective that wasn’t new for him). Within the aftermath of his loss, Bareman speculated that Diaz was not practically as ready as he might have been and perhaps shouldn’t have fought in any respect.

“I’m just a little bit dissatisfied, I assume,” Bareman stated (transcription through Denis Shkuratov). “I imply, I got here by the ranks watching Nick Diaz. And a man who’s been out that lengthy and apparently had six weeks to coach with—Was it six years, I feel? After which why did he solely have a six-week coaching camp? That’s loopy. You’ll be able to’t do this to somebody.

“Nearly as good a fighter as he’s, which he confirmed, he ought to by no means have been in there. He ought to by no means have been in there. And we are able to speculate in regards to the causes he was in there. He was clearly an enormous draw, he brings numerous eyes to the game, to the pay-per-view and stuff, however you may’t have six years off, bounce in in opposition to somebody who’s been repeatedly preventing, somebody who’s nearly as good as Robbie Lawler, do a six-week coaching camp and are available in there and anticipate to carry out.”

Relying on who you ask, Diaz placed on a serviceable efficiency, however seeing him completed for the primary time since 2007 was trigger for some alarm. At 38, it’s unclear what the longer term holds for Diaz, particularly given his aforementioned disdain for preventing.

Bareman credit Diaz’s expertise and expertise with getting him by the Lawler combat. Relating to the injury that Diaz has taken all through his 38-fight profession, Bareman isn’t making any assumptions about how his well being could or could not have affected him.

“It was solely the legend of Nick Diaz and simply his pure potential and coronary heart that saved him in that combat so long as it did,” Bareman stated. “You possibly can see that he was simply out of practice and he simply wasn’t conditioned or prepared for the combat.

“I’m not gonna speculate whether or not that’s as a result of he’s gotten previous, for the second it’s a greater guess for me to say it was simply because he had six years off and he had a p*ss-poor coaching camp. If he has that magnificent coaching camp, will get loads of discover, he’s obtained one combat underneath his belt after which he is available in and has a combat and you may see some neurological indicators of decay and you may see a few of these issues, these telltale indicators of somebody who’s just a little bit too previous for the game. Should you see that in his subsequent combat after his coaching camp, then we are able to begin to make some conclusions on that, however for now, the explanation we noticed what we noticed I feel we have now to place it down to 6 years off and a really poor coaching camp. You’ll be able to’t come to the conclusion that it’s simply ‘trigger he’s previous or neurologically broken.”

Watch Bareman’s full interview with Submission Radio, together with his ideas on Volkanovski presumably preventing Max Holloway a 3rd time, and extra:

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