When Alistair Overeem quit his former Golden Glory team in 2011, he shortly thereafter found a home with the Florida based Blackzilians. The team is organized by the CEO of Authentic Sports Management, Glenn Robinson, who serves as Overeem's manager. The Blackzilian team, which includes Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson, and Tyrone Spong, seemed an excellent fit, as Overeem brutally defeated Brock Lesnar at UFC 14.
But then Overeem lost two in a row, to "Bigfoot" Silva and Travis Browne. Three losses in a row generally result in release from a contract in the UFC. Overeem has a fight vs. Frank Mir at UFC 169 on Feb. 1, and decided to switcht things up, leaving the Blackzilian camp and training instead in Thailand, at Phuket’s Tiger & Maximum, Ubon’s Legacy, Samui’s Superpro.
Robinson, who remains as Overeem's manager, discussed the move during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
"Alistair doesn't train with us, he trains in Thailand," said Robinson as translated by MMAMania. "He's welcome back, but he's decided to do his camp in Thailand. It was a great camp. I talked to him last night, and it was a great camp and he said he feels fantastic. He's in really good spirits. He's welcome -- he's always welcome. It's always his home if he wants it to be, but right now he's not looking past the fight he has in a couple of weeks, that's the most important thing. And we'll see after that what he wants to do."
An image gallery on SamuraiLife does show a leaner Reem!
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