Overeem's new coach slams 'friendly' fighters


World-class kickboxing coach Mike Passenier trains Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki, and Murthel Groenhar, among many others. He also trains MMA fighters in stand up including Paul "Semtex" Daley, and most recently Alistair Overeem

In an interview with FightersOnly's John Joe O'Regan, Passenier said he he can turn Overeem's career around ahead of his fight with Frank Mir on February 16,but there can be no love in 'Reem's glove.

John Joe O'Regan: Where would you draw the line in terms of being ‘friendly’?

Mike Passenier: We can say ‘hi’ but I don’t want to your friend because then I can’t fight against you. And if I can’t fight against you then it costs money. And if I don’t bring money home I can’t feed my children and that’s a problem. Because a man is supposed to feed his children and support his family.

And if you are too friendly to each other you cannot give a good fight.

Most of the time its ‘Oh I don’t want to fight him. He’s my friend, I talk to him on Facebook, I was playing with his children’, you know? Don’t get soft man. Stay on point. Just give the audience what they deserve, a good fight. Its not about one friend saving another friend’s life.

This is strictly business. That’s what it is. I am friendly with other coaches but the bottom line is ‘no emotions’. We are not some ‘black and yellow mafia’, we just are who we are. We are one of the few gyms in the world who comes to fight every fight.

There is not one fighter on my team who can say ‘I don’t feel like fighting, I will just show up and get the money’. I would say ‘OK, well shake my hand and good luck because you will do it without me. You don’t fight for me anymore’. Because I don’t think its fair.

If you’re a man who goes out to work and you have to buy a ticket for your sons, daughters, then you have to get to the arena, drive 100 miles, buy drinks, food - you have had to stand up every day and work, maybe a full week, just for this one evening.

And then if the fighters don’t produce, that is shame. Because they make five or six times more than this guy who is supporting them and paying to see them. Its like they are f---ing him in the ass. Its no good. So that is why we don’t slack off. We are there to fight.

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john joe site profile image  

10/3/13 7:05 PM by john joe

Badr is fighting Alexey Ignashov on November 9 in Russia. I spoke to Mike four days ago.

Duke Roufus site profile image  

10/3/13 9:30 AM by Duke Roufus

Mike is a great coach! His fighters are awesome in GLORY

ThickS0lid N Right site profile image  

10/3/13 9:03 AM by ThickS0lid N Right

Haha VU

Pitbull3744 site profile image  

10/3/13 6:21 AM by Pitbull3744

Believe it or not I think their is a fear element involved in that for some reason. Almost like if I make friends with him he won't hit me as hard?

Ten eight round site profile image  

10/3/13 5:42 AM by Ten eight round

HahahahahahahahaTop 10 stuff right there

donkey guard site profile image  

10/3/13 4:40 AM by donkey guard

This guy is pretty cool. Maybe he can get overeem back in the fire zone again . Frank Mir will probably get retired in this one

HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

10/3/13 12:28 AM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

You are the one that sounds like a fucking Moron. Fighters SHOULD be concerned with putting on a show, considering that's what they're paid to do. The fans are literally paying their wages.

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

10/2/13 11:02 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

I don't know. Reem without major gear just ain't the same.

Poet of Gore site profile image  

10/2/13 9:43 PM by Poet of Gore

don't think it would be good if passenier KO's overeem.

jacktripper site profile image  

10/2/13 9:24 PM by jacktripper

Instantly became a huge fan of this guy