Report: Alistair Overeem Left Blackzilians After Injuring Teammate


Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and current UFC contender Alistair Oveerem joined Jackson’s MMA recently after being released by the notorious Blackzilians camp in Florida.

The change of camps was Overeem’s third switch in two years after previously leaving Golden Glory to move to the Blackzilians and according to one of the gyms youngest prospects, Gilbert Burns, he will be far from missed.

The young Brazilian fighter was interviewed on the Sexto Round broadcast recently where he spoke about “The Reem’s” move. Burns revealed the entire camp is much better after the Dutchman’s departure and said the reason Overeem left was because he injured a teammate after becoming frustrated:

“There’s a story that fighters kept in the gym,” Burns said via MMA Underground. “Guto was recovering from a knee injury, returning to training, and, even with a broken hand, he was beating Overeem up in a striking sparring.

Overeem got mad because he was getting beat up by a guy with one hand, so he took Guto down and blew out his other knee. That’s why Guto hasn’t fought in a while. We were all upset about it, and that was when (Overeem) left the team. After he left, the team got better and we had better results. Thank God he left the team.”

Overeem last fought in February at UFC 169 where he picked up a unanimous decision after a fairly lacklustre fight with former heavyweight champion Frank Mir. The win was crucial for the 33-year old after dropping back-to-back fights to Travis Browne and Antonio Silva; getting knocked out in both appearances.

According to Burns, the Octagon isn’t the only place Overeem has took a beating in recently. Apparently the “arrogant” heavyweight got beat up badly in training by the likes of Anthony Johnson, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort and Tyrone Sprong.

“He’s an arrogant man. He’s exactly how he looks to be. One thing is getting in the gym and talking to me or a younger guy, but another thing is go there and not talk to Rashad, Vitor, Tyrone Spong, coach Henri (Rooft).

“He’s cocky, and the team got better when he left. He’s really tough, but he’s not that monster that he appears to be. I saw him get beat up bad in training by Anthony Johnson, Rashad, Vitor and Tyrone.”

Hopefully, Overeem can keep himself out of trouble at Jackson’s MMA but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • Hmm Familiar behavior from The Reem, so it would not surprise me! I've heard similar stories at several gym's where I used to train in Holland and I actually witnessed some wackiness! Let's hear what Alistair has to say about this.

  • Seems like the two of them have a personal issue and I will take the statement with a grain of salt. 2 things – When you have a bad teammate or training partner it's toxic to ANY environment. People will avoid training with them and it's not good for business and especially if that teammate is reckless. Some injuries can be avoided and nobody wants to deal with someone that may be out of control to train with.

    Another thing is it's disrespectful and against code to talk to ANY outsider of how someone preforms against sparring partners in a gym. It's training, not a real fight or street fight and you're there to help each other improve your skills. The worst thing I hear is…" I was training with john doe and I tapped him out 8 times!" or " " Billy sucks he got beat up by Bob in training"

    I am against all the gym chatter- Have a bit of honor and respect and keep things on the inside and don't run to media or brag to your friends about who tapped who or whatever.

    • Yeah he should've probably just kept his mouth shut. However, history seems to have repeat itself in this case. The whole "got beat up by so and so… " was a little unnecessary, but the injury story is something that may need to be put out there. Especially cause it seems to become a "trend" now with Alistair. On the other hand, it might've been blown out of proportion, but where there is smoke……………..

  • More or less I agree with you. Especially about injuring people. Bad training partners usually get kicked out of any reputable gym. Hell, bad training partners can get you sued and put out of business.

  • So Reem was getting whooped but the other guy got injured makes perfect sense……