'This isn't the best place for everyone' - Humble NZ coach Eugene Bareman plays down role in success of Kiwis in the UFC

Bareman has four fighters in the illustrious UFC organisation. Source: 1 NEWS

New Zealand mixed martial arts coach Eugene Bareman who doesn't like to make a fuss about himself, is the man responsible for turning out four Kiwi UFC fighters out of City Kickboxing gym in Auckland.

Early in UFC middleweight star Israel Adesanya's fighting career Bareman advised him to check out other gyms.

Adesanya, 29, linked up with Bareman in 2009 as an amateur with the Kiwi coach taking him on fulltime in 2010.

"The truth is there are other good gyms around, they should stay open minded. This isn't the best place for everyone," said Bareman.

"Just like there are other great fighters in New Zealand and they are thriving in a different environment other than this one.

"For all the guys I give them the opportunity to train wherever they want, but most of them at the end of the day end up training here."

Bareman also coaches Kiwi fighters UFC lightweight Dan Hooker and newly signed UFC flyweight Kai Kara-France.

"It's tremendously satisfying and to start to make a name (City Kickboxing) internationally," he said.

"At the same time not to sound too egotistical, we kind of knew we could do this. But we just needed the right time and opportunity and now it is all happening."

Adesanya is set to fight US middleweight Derek Brunson on November 4 at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Hooker hasn't got a fight in the UFC lined up with Kara-France still yet to announce his debut fight in the MMA organisation.

The flyweight said he was cheering on his former coach Cejudo, who was crowned the new UFC flyweight champ at the weekend. Source: 1 NEWS

Both fighters are hoping to land a spot on UFC's Fight Night event in Adelaide on December 1.