Alistair Overeem joins Xtreme Couture, says he's "Committed to the U.S. Market"Posted on November 7, 2011, 01:16 PM by Joey Santosus
Top Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has joined the Las Vegas based team Xtreme Couture in preparation for his UFC 141 showdown with Brock Lesnar.
Overeem made the revelation today during his appearance on "The MMA Hour."
A long time member of Holland's famed Golden Glory team, Overeem announced his split from the camp in September, citing a "breach of trust" as his reason for leaving.
"I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory," Overeem stated via Twitter. "As with any relationship, there are good times and bad times - you have your common ground and your differences. As with any relationship, you have trust. When differences lead to a breach of trust, there's no turning back and no way to continue a positive, working relationship."
News of his departure from the team came shortly after the former Strikeforce Champion was signed to fight Brock Lesnar in December, leaving Overeem just months to prepare for the most high profile bout of his career. Though the Dutchman says he visited multiple well-respected gyms, it was the welcoming atmosphere that made Xtreme Couture the idea location for his training camp.
"My feeling was that they welcomed me with open arms," said Overeem. "That is the one thing I like about Xtreme Couture, it was just relaxed straight up. I don't like attitudes in the gym and that wasn't there. ... Lets just say for the time being I am with Xtreme Couture and I'm going to be in Vegas. I'm committed to the States and the American market."
As for his strained relationship with Golden Glory, Overeem declined to go into much detail on the matter, instead directing those curious for answers to the latest episode of "The Reem" documentary. He did, however, dispel rumors that the UFC's earlier business dispute with the team played any role in his decision to cut ties with Golden Glory, "No, that relationship (between the UFC and Golden Glory) had nothing to do with it. It has to do with me and Golden Glory. A major breach in trust between me and Golden Glory."
Overeem vs. Lensar will headlined the stacked UFC 141 fight-card set to take place December 30th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also featured will be a Lightweight clash between top contenders Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz, as well as a Welterweight tilt pitting Jon Fitch against Johny Hendricks.