Date of Birth : August 26, 1979
Gym: Kickboxing in town
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Martial arts background: Kick boxing / MMA
MMA Record: 7-3
Notable fighters: Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski, Dan Hooker
Eugene Baremans debut in martial arts
Eugene Bareman is an Auckland native who grew up planning rugby like a normal New Zealand child. To help him get in shape during the offseason, Bareman started training in kickboxing.
Bareman was also attending law school to become a lawyer during this time. Although his plans change as he becomes passionate about fighting and gives up to become a fighter.
He started participating in amateur kickboxing in 2001 by participating in various tournaments across New Zealand. After starting out in kickboxing, Bareman went on to start training in MMA.
Soon after starting MMA and BJJ, Eugene frequently participated in amateur events in both disciplines. Winning some of the major national Jiu Jitsu tournaments that have been held there.
Within MMA, Bareman would add a 4-3 record to his fighting resume.
Eugène Bareman and Doug Viney
One of Bareman’s longtime training partners is Doug “Vicious” Viney. Doug was a K-1 kickboxer champion who also competed professionally in boxing and MMA.
After spending a few years training together, Eugene and Doug decided to go into business with each other. They wanted to open their own combat gymnasium, so that they could have a place to train for their fights.
The two would found City Kickboxing in 2007.
Eugene Bareman becomes a full-time coach
Bareman and Viney soon realized after opening a gym that running a gym was expensive. They would need more than the money they earned fighting to keep the gym open.
The two began to hire students to teach them combat skills. Before they knew it, City Kickboxing was filled with students learning various combat disciplines from the two.
Since being a coach took up a lot of his time, Bareman gradually began to transition to a full-time coach. Ending his fighting career to focus solely on growing the City Kickboxing fight team.
City Kickboxing becomes a high level sports hall.
In just over a decade after City Kickboxing opened, Bareman would be building an MMA empire. Auckland’s small kickboxing hall had grown into one of the most renowned fight halls in the world.
Eugene along with his partner Doug would go on to train many high level fighters. Many fighters who would fight in the best promotions in the world, from Glory to UFC.
Since 2007, Bareman has become one of the best coaches in MMA. He currently coaches two UFC world champions and many more who fight in the organization.
Among Bareman’s most notable fighters are Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski, and Dan Hooker.
Current UFC middleweight champion Israel “Stylebender” Adesanya is one of the most elite fighters in the world. Adesanya had dreamed of becoming a fighter since he was a teenager while watching the action movie Ong Bak.
As a teenager, Israel would go undefeated in his career as an amateur kickboxer before turning pro. At age 21, he moved to Auckland and started training with Bareman at City Kickboxing.
At first, Stylebender would compete professionally in kickboxing, but then moved on to boxing and MMA. Fighting in all 3 simultaneously at some point in his career.
During his professional kickboxing career, Adesanya went on to earn a professional record of 75-5. Including winning the Glory Middleweight Championship.
Then, after accomplishing all he could in kickboxing, he embarked on his full-time MMA career. He would enter the UFC in 2018 with an 11-0 record with all of his victories by KO / TKO.
Israel would quickly tear apart the UFC middleweight division to win an interim title game in 2019. Defeat Kelvin Gastelum by decision in a fight that would be one of the best fights of the year.
He would go on to become the undisputed champion, defending the title 3 times. Also trying to win the light heavyweight title and become a two division champion.
Before Volkanovski got into MMA, he was a professional rugby player and weighed around 80 kilograms. Like Bareman, Volkanovski went through MMA training to stay fit for rugby.
Alex also became very passionate about MMA and left rugby to pursue a career as a fighter. He would start his welterweight career and then gradually move down the weight classes until he reached featherweight.
Meanwhile, Alexander would rack up an impressive 13-1 record before winning a shot in the UFC. He made his debut in a fight night in 2016 which he would win by TKO.
In 3 years, he won 9 consecutive fights to win a title against division king Max Holoway. Volkanovski would shock the world, beating Holloway not once, but twice in their rematch.
Dan “Hangman” Hooker is considered one of the toughest fighters in the UFC lightweight division. He’s been with the division since his debut on an Auckland night fight show in 2014.
During his time in the UFC, Hooker fought both featherweight and lightweight. Work your way into the top ten in both divisions and almost win a title in both.
He’s fought some of the toughest fighters in the world from Dustin Poirier, Gilbert Burns and Michael Chandler. It was assumed he had retired after the fight with Chandler, but has since changed his mind.
Eugène Bareman’s legacy
Eugene Bareman is one of the most unlikely to become one of the best MMA coaches in the world. He’s made his small Auckland fightroom home to some of the best UFC fighters in the world.
In 2019, he would help not one, but two of his fighters win UFC titles. Helping him win MMAJunkie’s Coach of the Year and City Kickboxing Gym of the Year in 2019. Then, as Adesanya and Volkanovski continued to dominate their divisions, he would repeat that award in 2020.
Bareman has proven to be one of the best MMA coaches in the world and will be looking to keep City Kickboxing on top.