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UFC NEWS – Overeem Leaves American Training Camp, Defects Back To Holland


“I am now training for Lesnar in Holland. I flew back about a week ago. I don’t want to go too deep into personal matters, but what happened was my mother is recovering from cancer and needs my support. She needs me in Holland over the next couple of weeks and I came back for her. What I can say is that going back to Holland to be with my mother won’t be a distraction; it is actually stopping me from getting distracted. If I stayed in Las Vegas for this camp I would be constantly worried about her and my focus would have been compromised. Now I can train 100 percent, and know she’s just across town.”

Newly signed UFC heavyweight fighter, Alistair Overeem took to his blog over at YahooSports! to notify his fans that he will no longer be training at Xtreme Couture for this UFC 141 main event against Brock Lesnar.

He couldn’t have a better reason to switch modes mid camp, but anyone else think the reasoning behind his departure may have an impact on this fight?

Best wishes to the Overeem family.


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18 Responses to “UFC NEWS – Overeem Leaves American Training Camp, Defects Back To Holland”

  1. Lino says:

    Gotta get that horsemeat!

  2. Xaninho says:

    He can’t work on his take down defense in Holland like he probably did at Xtreme Couture. So I don’t know if this is the best thing for him, emotionally maybe yes, but practically I think he would have been better off at Couture’s….

    • THE INUK says:

      I agree, I was so hyped to hear he was training @ Xtreme couture.. but now this sucks!! I think he had a way better chance to beat brock training in america… but w.e

    • This guy says:

      I agree. But if his mind is not in the right place to be able to really absorb and apply what he has learned at Xtreme than its usless to be there anyway. I hope this is a great showing for him. Win or lose its great to add him to the HW division.

  3. koentje says:

    overeem going back to holland is great his standup will get better now the fight will end in k.o for sure

  4. ryu says:

    whether it was a good decision or a bad decision it was the right decision. familys more important

  5. Good luck bradduh Reem, hope mom recovers quickly! God bless…

  6. srba says:

    He should find Rick Simpson, he deflected to Holland from Canada after they found him guilty for curing ppl from cancer wit cannabis oil for free, so that works 100%. he should try it.

  7. Shawn says:

    Well, according to Overeem, he didn’t “defect”. Defecting would imply he wasn’t very happy with what was going on at Xtreme Couture, so he bailed on them to train back in Holland. But he left to be closer to his mother. That’s not really defecting, that’s making the right choice.

  8. bizzle says:

    You the man Reem, I would do anything for my mom..

  9. Long-Strong says:

    Golden Glory has a lot of great fighters even though he isn’t part of that team anymore. Eh… rooting on Lesnar on this one. As I’ve said before, in terms of numbers and growth, no one else brings those in like Lesnar which will only make MMA grow as a sport.

  10. Chris says:

    “Defects back to Holland”? Sensational headline much? Boo for false reporting.

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