Coach: Overeem can beat Werdum in every aspect of MMA


Anton Gurevich:  On which aspect of fighting you gave the most attention during this training camp?

Martijn De Jong:  It doesn't really matter. MMA is a combination of things; standing up, takedowns and submissions. So we worked on each and every one of these areas. Of course there are certain things we trained especially for Werdum, but it's a part of the gameplan. As a coach, I think that if you give too much attention to one area you forget about another. That's why our goal was to give Alistair the tools to beat Werdum in every aspect of MMA.

AG: But obviously Fabricio Werdum's main strength is his ground game. How good is Alistair's Jiu-Jitsu?

MDJ: We had notable Black Belts coming to help Alistair with Jiu-Jitsu, and he has been beating them all on the ground. So his Jiu-Jitsu is actually very very good. Of course during this camp he did a lot of training with Jon Olav Einemo. He's one of the few men to defeat Roger Gracie so you can really say his Jiu-Jitsu is world class. Alistair's Jiu-Jitsu is good just like his overall MMA game.

AG: Do you think Alistair Overeem's BJJ game is underrated? After all, he won the ADCC Euro Championship back in the day.

MDJ: I think it's very underrated. Alistair is a K-1 World Champion and he's well known for knocking people out, so he doesn't really needs to use his Jiu-Jitsu to win a fight. His ground game is amazing. It's not like a typical Jiu-Jitsu we all know, but more of MMA-type Jiu-Jitsu grappling thing. It's very effective.

AG: Do you think that Team Golden Glory is currently the #1 MMA camp in Mixed Martial Arts? I mean, there's A.K.A, American Top Team, and of course Greg Jackson's who are considered by many to be the best.

MDJ: I think we're catching up right now. We have our Champions in Strikeforce and a lot of other guys coming up. Greg Jackson is doing a great job, but we're coming at him (laughing). You know, I think we already on the top with the guys we have right now.

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Ondz site profile image  

6/16/11 10:50 AM by Ondz

He was calling JOEs BJJ world class, not Overeems.

Chimonos Revenge site profile image  

6/16/11 8:09 AM by Chimonos Revenge

HE won the Euro ADCC didnt he? that would make his BJJ pretty good i would say, but still not on Werdum's level.edit for typo

HITFC site profile image  

6/16/11 6:31 AM by HITFC

Neph site profile image  

6/16/11 4:55 AM by Neph

 Reem by gogoplata.

Golden Glory fan site profile image  

6/16/11 4:42 AM by Golden Glory fan

Overeem calls it mma groundwork. Combination of jj and wrestling. Sure fabricio is top 3 bjj in mma however the ground game is more than mma. I was impressed with his handling of bigfoot on the ground but man, the reem is not bigfoot, thats like being on rop of a wild hungry explosive sumatran tiger.

RicePicker site profile image  

6/16/11 3:19 AM by RicePicker

phhhh, who tranes jiu jitsu anymore, its useless? its all about traneing teh wrasslin

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6/16/11 3:19 AM by RicePicker


spliff site profile image  

6/16/11 2:26 AM by spliff

I guess Overeem has been training with Dave Herman for this fight

shb site profile image  

6/16/11 1:54 AM by shb

isn't the coach talking about einemo there?