After Alistair Overeem parted ways with longtime training/management team Golden Glory, he began touring gyms in the U.S. to find a new best fit. He eventually decided to join the growing team of Blackzilians stationed in Florida and overseen by Authentic Sports Management.
Shortly after his signing with ASM, rumors sprang up that Overeem had been paid a half million dollars to join the team and bring to it increased notoriety. Speaking with MMAWeekly, ASM’s Glenn Robinson flatly denied those rumors.
“(The rumors) are all (expletive),” said Robinson. “There are some evil people in this business that are real dirty and they spread rumor(s).”
Robinson explained that Overeem simply fit in well on the mat with the Blackzilians and found ASM’s management services beneficial, so he joined the team just like any of the other high-profile fighters adding their names to the Blackzilian roster.
“It’s not a publicity stunt,” he said. “Our deal is (very) fair to (all parties). Our objective is to help Alistair as much as we help Rashad or any fighter on our team. We treat everyone the same.”
Overeem is likely to face UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos this May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.