Alistair Overeem Doesn’t Have Time for Allegations

December 19, 2011
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Alistair Overeem

The last few weeks of Alistair Overeem‘s life have been pretty crazy, and a lot of it had nothing to do with his preparation for Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.

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.

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  • bjjsmith

    at least it will be steroids vs steroids in this fight.

    • Cptmats

      Lesnar Has been huge is whole life, Overoid put on 80lbs. of muscle in three years. Only one of these guys juices and its not hard to figure out which !

      • afk

        i’m too tired right now to write it all out but it was 40-60 lbs and more like 5 years for alistair to get where he is today. in his most recent fight with werdum he even says the difference between now and then is “about 40 pounds of whoop-ass.” a lot of the time he fought throughout the end of his LHW career he was putting on muscle and cutting weight like a lot of fighters did and still do so to say he just became big all of a sudden is kind of ignorant and proves you haven’t closely followed his career.

        i can’t say that he didn’t do anything illegal or anything like that, i don’t even really care. but the logic remains that given his natural size, body type and diet he could easily gain 40-60 pounds of muscle in 3-6 years.

        • Cptmats

          Blah blah blah, it no secret the guy is a juice monkey. It was three years not five and it was def more than 60lbs. He was cutting down from 220lbs. in 2005 in pride and was suddenly fighting in k-1 in 2008 at over 280 lbs. Duh !

          • lonniebatt

            Man Oveeem has never been 280

      • lonniebatt

        dude you nee to check your facts Overeem was a LHW he walked around at 225 and cut to 205 now hw is a HW he is always 255 to 265 all the time now where can you show me those 80 pounds from Steroids if you cant add then you should either get a calculator or refrain for making wild inaccurate comments

        • Cptmats

          The entire time he refused to defend his strike force belt and was fighting in japan he was well over 265 and still is ! UFC HW limit is 265 and he still has to cut to make that ! CHECK YOU FACT !

    • spydermonkey

      Yeah and the guys below here believe that only Reem is on the juice, good God look at them, sure you can get to that size…. when you have served ten yrs of a 25 yr sentence.

  • RonnieV

    I wish they all roided out, the fights would be sick…. just joking!

    • p3ezy

      but not actually..

  • MikeMc1983

    There’s pictures of Brock at 16 more ripped then he is now. If he’s doing roids it might have started at breast milk.

  • BiGwHoOp

    lesnar is gonna get destroyed

  • afk

    i think alistair has better defensive grappling than most give him credit for, even if it’s just in the form of not going to the ground at all a la vs. werdum 2 lol. that being said, i think this fight is pretty pick’em as you like. if brock can get it down it’s very likely he’ll win and if not the opposite can easily be said.

    for the sake of it, though, i’ll just say repeat of the cain fight on paper for alistair.

    • lonniebatt

      afk you are absoultey right the guy has gappling skills and TD defense besides he is strong as an OX and this Fight is definantely a pick em fight

      • lonniebatt

        and everone forgets Lesner hates to get hit and this is going to be a Hugh factor in this fight….

  • MikeMc1983

    I watched the k1 tourney again a few weeks ago that overeem won. (sorry, but had to be one of the easiest routes to the title ever)
    That doesn’t really matter to this fight other than it seemed to me that overeem doesn’t do too well when he’s moving backward. He doesn’t seem to have the best striking defense either, just kind of covers and waits for guys to stop throwing. Then throws himself, but not really as counters.
    I think it could be a bad night for overeem if he allows Brock to pressure. I can really picture the opening sequence being Brock bum rushing a fake take down. Throwing strikes behind that until overeem covers, and then actually going for the takedown. In that first 5-10 seconds if Brock executes that it will be his night. (the strikes off the fake TD could hurt overeem as well.)
    If not, I think Brock’s in trouble. I honestly can’t see a game plan that Brock can win with other than repeating that sequence. And it needs to be in that order, not reversed.
    Both guys have big power so any other shots can change that though. Oh, and I think if Brock doesn’t rush for pressure right off the bat, the first takedown attempt will be by overeem.
    (I usually don’t project how I think fights will go as its kind of silly, not sure why I am here other than I’m pretty positive of the prediction. 🙂
    Go ahead and tell me I’m an idiot now. 😉

    • Obarmarama

      Good point about Overeem’s striking, I’ve seen a few of his K-1 fights, and all his HW mma fights. He doesn’t really have striking defence, or counter attack. He does just cover up and wait for his turn, and then stalk his opponent and go for the KO. But I don’t think anyone can be criticized more for those 2 aspects of striking than Brock Lesnar. However I don’t think that Overeem will ever go for a takedown against Brock, unless by takedown you mean, chop his legs and punch him down. I think that Overeem will come prepared to knee Brock in the face when he attempts a takedown, and his game plan would probably involve uppercuts, knees from the clinch, and devastating leg kicks. I think that the odds are stacked in favour of Overeem, as he is not going to be easy to take down. Factors in favour of Brock are that he is an incredible athlete (never seen him gas out, or look tired), his takedowns are normally targeted at the upper body (so can avoid knees), and Overeem has had a lot of distractions and a disrupted training coming into this fight. Also, the Reem’s mental strength is a bit suspect, he has caved in during some of his LHW bouts. For Brock, he’s been outof action for a while now, and the last thing you want when you are up against a striker is ring rust, and lack of sharpness. And MikeMc1983, (if you have read this far down) you are an idiot J/k.

  • Ememay

    Unlike a lot of other bums that post here that blindly call the next poster “uneducated” or “ignorant” for having a differing opinion, you’ve actually done your research. Props to you and your analysis.

  • MikeMc1983

    I don’t think overeem will go for a takedown out of fear of Brock’s striking. The best way to stop Brock from taking him down, is to take him down first. Kinda like bj did to Fitch. As another plus, that is how overeem seemed to fight before he caught the k1 bug. He ground and pounded.

  • norbertgrover

    Brock Lesnar is a beast. This NCAA wrestling champion has the skillset as well as power to put almost any MMA athlete on his back. There aren’t too many fighters that Brock cannot manhandle in a fight. His complete domination of Frank Mir as well as his submission victory over Shane Carwin are proof that he is the real deal. That being said, Overeem is not only the superior striker but his wrestling is very much underrated because he hasn’t had to utilize it that much. People are going to be shocked when Brock cannot take him down! Mark my words. He will not be taken down!

    • p3ezy

      still will not get a chance to prove his takedown defense. i agree it is waaay better than people realize but reem is gonna knock brock out before he gets a chance to take him down.

  • p3ezy

    normally not a reem man.. but ****. jump in the gym you ween bags. not the easiest thing out, but it isn’t mission impossible to gain that kind of mass. just stfu and stop trolling

  • RubeKegal

    Cmon Norbert, Brock took Cain down in beginning of their fight and Cain is one of the best wrestlers in the world. Alistair is 35-11 and 32 of his wins are against nobody’s!!! He beat Belfort twice, beat Werdum, went 1-1 with Kharitonov, and who else???

    Brett Rogers?
    Tony Sylvester?
    Tae Hyun Lee?
    Michael Knaap?
    39 year old Kazuyuki Fujita

    Only way Brock DOESNT take Reem down is if Reem gets him before 1st attempt.