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Alistair Overeem: And Along Came the Biggest Blackzilian of All

Posted on by Damon Martin


For a team that’s new to the MMA scene, the Florida based Blackzilian team continues to grow by the day and now they’ve added their biggest fighter yet. Literally.

Top UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has signed on with Authentic Sports Management (ASM), headed up by owner Glenn Robinson, and will be relocating to the United States to work exclusively with his agency.

It’s no secret that Overeem had a bad split with his previous team at Golden Glory in 2011, and since that time he’s been working with several different teams, had to build a camp at home to finish getting ready for Brock Lesnar at UFC 140, and while he had a legal team, he’s had no management since that time.

So what was it about the management at Authentic Sports that caught Overeem’s attention?

“Since I signed my UFC contract, I knew I needed to be in the States more and, therefore, I visited several gyms, training camps, managers and other interesting people in the industry. When I came to South Florida, with ASM, I saw right away they are not only a management company, but an organization that makes sure that everything besides fighting is being taken care of,” Overeem said in an interview with MMAWeekly.com.

“They have a team of experts in their own field that can help you grow as a fighter. From Glenn Robinson working hands-on as management to Jen Wenk handling my PR and Karen Gough running marketing, a full-time nutritionist, a finance and legal department – you name it they have it. I have spoke to several people within the team and I was convinced that they can make me the new UFC world champion, so that was for me the decision to join ASM.”

Some fighters will travel to several different camps to get the necessary training they need for any given fight, but for Overeem it wasn’t the ideal situation. For his last fight as he finished up preparation to face Brock Lesnar, Overeem traveled home to Holland when his mother became ill and he literally had to stitch together a training camp to make sure he was ready for his UFC debut.

Obviously the end result was what he wanted, as he knocked out Lesnar in the first round, but it wasn’t the way Overeem desired or wanted to get ready for that level of fight. It was also very important to Overeem to get this settled now before his training camp for his next fight against UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos got into full swing.

“Since my split (with Golden Glory), I was taking care of my own training camp, and it’s not easy to get people come to Holland to train ahead of your fight. Flying people in from around the world is not ideal, so I knew I needed a base where I can always go when I need proper training. I found that place in South Florida,” said Overeem.

“It’s very important, my fight preparation against Brock was far from optimal with a lot of things going on which needed my personal attention. If you want to perform at the highest level you should only focus on training and with this step I can do so. That means everything in this championship fight.”

A big piece of the puzzle according to Overeem was his new manager Glenn Robinson, who founded ASM and essentially created a home for the Blackzilians in Florida. After meeting with Robinson, Overeem knew that he found the right home and the right place to train.

“Glenn knows as no other that if fighters want to perform at the best of their ability, they need to focus on training only. He knows what is needed to have a whole team competing and has several people surrounding him that are very good at what they do,” Overeem stated.

“He’s a real leader and he genuinely takes good care of his people. His business sense and experience combined with his network makes me sure that he can help me grow as a person, and as a fighter.”

Overeem’s previous tenure with Golden Glory lasted for more than a decade. Working with coaches like Martin de Jong and others, Overeem was familiar and at home with that team for most of his professional career.

So like a marriage that ends after so many years, it’s tough sometimes to move on and find another relationship where you truly feel trust and love again. The same can be said for Overeem after he broke off working with Golden Glory.

He wasn’t seeking out new management, and was seemingly content with the team he had around him when he made his UFC debut. That all changed however when he visited ASM, met Glenn Robinson, and felt at ease calling this new place home.

“After my Golden Glory split I didn’t desire to have a new management team because I had created my own team that was doing a great job, but when I visited ASM in the States, I saw what kind of added value they bring to the table. I saw first hand what they do for their
fighters and that’s not even comparable to the situation in Holland,” said Overeem.

“The only thing that I was missing is management with experience that knows the market and is based in the States, and I found that missing link with ASM. I am bringing along some of my key players that will be integrated in ASM, so it is a win-win for everyone. By this, I am referring to some of my trainers, nutritionists, and people like Fabrice Deters and Remco Peperkamp who have been instrumental in my current success. So, having the comfort of having people around me who know me best, along with the group at ASM is the perfect situation.”

The Dutch striking machine also paid tribute to the people that helped him get through his first experience in the UFC, and all those that supported him along the way.

“Last, but not least, I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to my latest success versus Brock Lesnar,” Overeem stated. “From my friends in Amersfoort who stepped up and supported me during the Golden Glory split, to my striking coach Roberto Flamingo, my Fight Power Academy friends, investors, legal teams, sponsors, my striking and sparring partners, the sparring partners from Reign MMA, Xtreme Couture and also my friends and trainers from GBG MMA Babak and Joakim for their interest and support.”

Now it’s on to the next move and that is fighting for the UFC heavyweight title.

Overeem will be relocating to Florida in the coming weeks to begin full time work with his coaches, training at the same gym alongside the Blackzilians team as he prepares for his shot at the UFC gold later this year against champion Junior dos Santos.


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  • therealmo

    who cares. he was better off at extreme coutures

  • http://www.studiokaiser.com studiokaiser

    Are white guys allowed to be Blackzilians?

    • donaldpoe

      Jake Shield & Matt Mitrione are down with them so I guess that a yes lol

  • jmat13

    Overeem is in his prime. He is in my opinion the best HW right now. I really like Jr. but I think Overeem will just be to much for him. His striking is next level and Jr. is pretty green still. Since they are HW’s anything can happen with one punch but Overeem has been in the ring and cage with the best of the best. I don’t think what gym he belongs to will be much of a factor in their upcoming fight.

    • Mario

      “Jr. is pretty green still”

      LOL

    • AdamBianski

      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW after reading that I am suprised you can read or spell to post. OVEREEM BEST HW you should be ashamed of your fingers for typing that. Stop watching MMA because you have no clue what you are watching WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW.

      • skiman

        Dude, your clueless. Stop posting, its embarassing

        • AdamBianski

          Oh yeah please stop watching as well you are clueless. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=651830427 karl andreasdahle

      Overeem has been KO’ed a bunch of times, and JDS’s is fast as hell. I would guess KO first round win to JDS!

  • Towers66

    Incorrect sir. Jr. Is not “green”. He is the best boxer in all of MMA. Bar none. Albeit Overeem has superior kickboxing but not superior boxing, not even close. Jr. is much smaller but I think he’ll hold his own for this fight. Don’t forget JDS boxed professionally before converting to MMA. I strongly believe him and Nick Diaz have the best hands in MMA. I vote JDS by TKO.

    • skiman

      Nick Diaz does not have good boxing, his ability to walk through punches and wear fighters down is what makes him a good striking, watch BJ vs Diaz for example, where BJ was winning the striking until getting worn down by the pressure. Watch JDS vs Crocop to see how good JDS’s striking really is

      • AdamBianski

        lol im the biggest BJ peen homer there is and Diaz dismanteled him from the start, and I saw that.

        • MrAdidas

          How did Diaz “dismantle” BJ from “the start”, when BJ won the 1st Round & clearly out boxed a guy who has “the best boxing in all of MMA” (another good joke), & not to mention BJ had a 6inch reach disadvantage, yet BJ out boxed him & landed more strikes in the 1st Round. If BJ had avg cardio he would have beaten Diaz. It wasn’t BJ’s skills that lost him the fight, it’s his CARDIO! I hate BJ Penn, but I give credit to people when they are due, and BJ deserves credit for out striking a guy who had a 6inch reach advantage!

          You saw that?!? You clearly didn’t see the 1st Round moron. Maybe you should stop commenting b/c you dont know what your talking about – your comment above is proof/FACT of that & then you say you seen “that”, yet you are wrong about the outcome. How’s that even possible, if you saw Diaz “dismantle” BJ from the start?!?

          You sir are an IDIOT!

  • matty

    Jr. green? He had 30 professional boxing matches and has more than 10 ufc wins. Jr. will destroy Overeem. Don’t post anything if you don’t know what you are talking about douche bag jmat13.

    • maddawgmar

      You and Towers66, say JDS has boxed professionally. Where are these stats at? I’ve searched all boxing sites and found no record of JDS fighting one pro fight. Now I agree with you that JDS is not “green” but he has not boxed professionally. The closest I can find is a Josemar Dos Santos, from Sao Paulo, but he is a cruiserweight and five years older. Check BoxRec.com and you’ll see.

      I think in the heavyweight division the only one that can stand with JDS is Overeem. And Overeems pedigree is better. But pedigree means nothing in the cage, can’t wait to find out.

  • Mma fanatic

    I agree! Jds ‘green’ you’re stupid as they come! Along with saying Nick I can’t knock a 10 year old out Diaz has the best boxing:) lol! Diaz is garbage if he can’t corner you! Wins by KTFO!

    • AdamBianski

      Agreed till you started speaken jib. Diaz is a top three fighter in his class to call him garbage is like calling you all knowing.

  • Mma fanatic

    JDS wins by KTFO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584485809 willevans

    Cant find any stats on Dos Santos’s boxing record. He is undefeated as a kick boxer and was the Brazillian heavy weight champ prior to being in the ufc. However, Overeem was the K-1 World Champ. It will be a good fight and i dont know who will win, but to say that one of these fighters will destroy the other will only set you up to look like a fool and destroy you credability.

  • bdono554

    That K-1 “championship” was total BS! The two top rated guys in K-1 were on the same side of the bracket, “not Overeem’s.” Three and four fought in the quarter finals before the winner had to fight Overeem. That “championship” was the result of corrupt Japanese promoters trying to drum up some fanfare for there dying promotion.

  • 808empire

    -jmat13- your a fu@*ing douch bag! JDS is green…
    Lol you should stick to your WWE and cheer for bock!
    You GOOBER!!! You watch to much tv And not enough mat time!
    Go Oder your pizza and drink your soda !!! You couch fighter!

  • pooby

    “…he literally had to stitch together a training camp.” LITERALLY? Really? Who writes this crap?

    Anyway, I think Overeem will be the UFC champ, but it wouldn’t shock me if Jr. put him to sleep either.

  • AdamBianski

    Is this crazy land Overeem a top fighter what a joke he should not be in this spot. Brock is the most overated fighter in the history of the sport. Whats that one guys name UMMMMMM oh yeah Chuck lidasomething knocked overeem the F uck out PERIOD. He is a publicity stunt gone wrong he will get torn up by JDS then whoever he fights next.

    • skiman

      Chuck was losing that fight until Overeem gassed, perhaps you should try watching the fight. Overeem doesn’t have to cut weight anymore. Wow, you are such a tool

      • AdamBianski

        Who has Overeem beat at HW? Oh yeah no one. Get off his nuts he will be out of the UFC this time next year.

        • Unak78

          What’s fucked up about that “who has he beaten” comment is that you were probably one of the idiots who thought that Brock would beat him. Dumbass. Keep changing your bar like all the other assholes.

      • AdamBianski

        It dont matter how it happened just that it happened.

  • robertlaw

    Wow, you are such a hater it’s not even funny. I usually don’t post, but after reading your hate across this column, I had to chime in a bit..

    What more does Overeem have to do to prove he IS a top fighter? Holds 3 belts and just smashed a former champ (albeit overrated, he is still a test for most HW’s out there). Plus, he’s banged it out with the best of the best in the middle weight division in Pride. Not all of them have been successful, but if you look at who he’s faced, he DOES make JDS look green. Not to mention that a lot of those losses came when he gassed out in fights due to cutting huge amounts of weight to make the limit. And if you re-watch the Lidell fight, he was readily tooling Lidell until he gassed. Hence the decision to move to HW permanently.

    You need to stop hating and appreciate a rare talent when you see it. Before, you start claiming I’m a nut hugger, I will admit to saying he’s not the best pound for pound fighter to ever live, but I will say he’s one of the best HW’s to ever compete in MMA.

    • skiman

      Agreed, that clueless prick made me login to comment and I never do that

    • AdamBianski

      No it is not hate I just watch just wait he will be gone.

  • davidho

    Man, learn how to properly use the word LITERALLY, ok??? You sound like a stupid tard than a legit journalist by saying he LITERALLY stitched a camp together.

  • AdamBianski

    I love when people make excuses like he gassesd. So he wasnt in shape and should not have been in the ring. He is the best until stamina comes into play lmfao.

  • bryanadams

    Noooooo!!!! Why would u leave extreme couture for that camp full of cry babies. Michael Johnson- 1 trick pony. Evans- Jon jones bitch. Melvin guillard- immature cry baby. Mike vanarsdale – never was.