Number one UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has finally settled on a new management and training team since parting ways with his old handlers, Golden Glory, in a very messy and public dispute.
According to MMAWeekly, to whom Overeem recently spoke, the imposing Dutch striker has joined his old K-1 peer Tyrone Spong on the growing Blackzilian team in Florida, where he’ll be working with Authentic Sports Management’s Glenn Robinson.
“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,” Overeem explained. “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.”
Citing not only the fact that Robinson will be managing his fights, but that a full team of specialists will be focusing on his public relations, marketing, nutrition, finances and legal needs, Overeem feels as though he will truly be left alone to focus on training and fighting. All of these added services convinced Overeem that ASM and, by extension, the Blackzilian fight team, were worth investing his time and money.
“After my Golden Glory split I didn’t desire to have a new management team because I had created my own team that was doing a great job, but when I visited ASM in the States, I saw what kind of added value they bring to the table,” he said. “I saw first hand what they do for their fighters and that’s not even comparable to the situation in Holland.”
Overeem is expected to challenge Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title this May at UFC 146 in Las Vegas.