Sean Strickland’s coach responded to Israel Adesanya’s coach

Sean Strickland’s coach, Eric Nixick, commented on the words of Israel Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bayrman, who after his charge’s defeat stated that minor adjustments would ensure their rematch victory.

“Personally, I don’t care,” the American said in an interview with MMA Junkie when asked about an immediate rematch. “I think from an outsider’s perspective, Yisrael always deserves a rematch, just because of his history and spectacle. As far as thinking that minor adjustments will guarantee them a win, I think they need a lot more than minor changes.”

“They still have a lot of work to do, but I still consider Israel to be one of the best middleweights in history, and if he wants a rematch at all costs, this fight has to happen.”

Nixik also spoke about the conversation he had with Adesanya after the fight.

“I saw some of the stuff Izzy was cooking up and I was yelling about it to Sean from the corner. After the fight, Izzy came up to me and said, ‘You saved this guy’s life,’ and I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ and he said, ‘You read everything I cooked.’ It was a cool moment. I actually saw almost everything. Like when Izzy was going from an orthodox stance into a lefty, hitting a cross like a lefty, Sean was blocking it, and at that point I was yelling, ‘Bro, he’s going to kick his head from the same side now!'”

This past weekend at UFC 293 in Sydney, Israel Adesanya lost the UFC middleweight championship belt at the end of five rounds to Sean Strickland via unanimous 49-46 three-round decision.

UFC president, Dana White, promised to organize an immediate rematch after the event, but claimed three days later that the press had misinterpreted his words.