Alistair Overeem has taken the UFC heavyweight division by storm with his debut performance that saw him demolish former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the first round at UFC 141. Although Overeem has had some public troubles as of late that has not stopped the triple heavyweight title holder from moving forward in his quest to obtain the UFC heavyweight championship, as he is to face current champ Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146.
In an interesting turn of events, Overeem has announced that he will be joining up-and-coming MMA team “The Blackzillians”, which was founded by former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, and recent number one 205 lb. contender Rashad Evans and veteran MMA star Mike Van Arsdale. Alistair has also signed a new management deal with Authentic Sports Management (ASM), as to continue his ascent to the top of the UFC heavyweight class. Seeing as that his former management relationship with Golden Glory turned sour, resulting in actual litigation, this is tremendous news for the Dutch MMA star.
Overeem has also made the decision to relocate to the United States in an effort to stay closer to the action, and to also prepare for his upcoming battle with Dos Santos. In a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, Overeem was quoted as saying.
“Since I signed my UFC contract, I knew I needed to be in the States more and, therefore, I visited several gyms, training camps, managers and other interesting people in the industry. When I came to South Florida, with ASM, I saw right away they are not only a management company, but an organization that makes sure that everything besides fighting is being taken care of. Since my split (with Golden Glory), I was taking care of my own training camp, and it’s not easy to get people come to Holland to train ahead of your fight. Flying people in from around the world is not ideal, so I knew I needed a base where I can always go when I need proper training. I found that place in South Florida. It’s very important; my fight preparation against Brock was far from optimal with a lot of things going on which needed my personal attention. If you want to perform at the highest level you should only focus on training and with this step I can do so. That means everything in this championship fight.”
Overeem’s bout with JDS is scheduled for UFC 146, and now that he has found a new home with “The Blackzillians”, fans are sure to be eagerly anticipating watching the further evolution of what many fans consider the most dangerous striker in all of MMA.