First, Overeem had to forgo his training in the United States to return home to Holland after his mother had to go back into testing for a possible second go round with cancer.
Then the former Strikeforce champion had to deal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission when he failed to submit proper information after a random drug test was requested.
Overeem has now had to deal with travel to England to get the testing done correctly, and still had to finalize his training after the upheaval to return home when his training in the United States had to be abruptly cut off.
So how much of a distraction was all of this for Overeem as he prepares for possibly the biggest fight of his career to date?
“The past week has been somewhat hectic, although I could keep the focus on training, I put the work in this week. I went out to England to do the urine test. Other than that, I try to keep it as plain and simple as normal. It’s 12 days up until the fight, so basically training, relaxing, of course my mother’s situation, other family and these tests but that’s a week ago already almost,” Overeem said on Monday.
“The thing is I started on time with my preparation. I already started in August, so I put the work in overall, my conditioning is there, my shape is there, my sharpness is there. I’m good to go.”
Because of the situation with the athletic commission, Overeem has once again been blitzed with a myriad of questions about his alleged involvement with performance enhancing drugs. While the Dutch giant has never once been popped for anything illegal in pre-fight testing, the one time light heavyweight always seems to get the questions after bulking up to a monstrous size over the last few years.
Overeem doesn’t mind the questions, he just gets tired of the baseless allegations that come from faceless sources.
“Everybody has a right to ask whatever they want and I have a right to respond or to ignore. The thing is I’m very busy with my career, it’s not just training, a lot of other stuff comes on top of it, which is assembling the team, PR, all these interviews, so I’m very occupied with that,” Overeem stated.
“I simply don’t have the time to get into all these allegations. Usually, they’re done over the internet, people I don’t even know, never even met. The thing is if people would come up to me and start a discussion about it, fine I’ll explain my side of the story and I would deal with it. But usually it’s over the internet, it’s all these comments, and I don’t have time to get into all that.”
Overeem would much rather spend his time in training, and that’s what he’s going to do. The former K-1 Grand Prix winner will remain in Holland for the next several days through the holiday and then head to Las Vegas for his fight with Lesnar on Dec 30.