Alistiar Overeem Leaves Blackzilians Ahead of UFC 169 Fight with Frank Mir

Written by Tom Ngo
January 21st, 2014

UFC Alistair Overeem

The Blackzilians are down one “Demolition Man.” According to Glenn Robinson, UFC heavyweight Alistiar Overeem (pictured) is no longer training with the talented team down in Boca Raton.

Robinson, who created the Blackzilian squad and still manages Overeem, said on this week’s edition of “The MMA Hour” that his client decided to take his talents to Thailand to prepare for his critical UFC 169 fight with Frank Mir.

“No, Alistair doesn’t train with us. Alistair trains in Thailand,” Robinson revealed. “He’s welcome back, but he’s decided to do his camp in Thailand. It was a great camp. I talked to him [Sunday] night, and it was a great camp and he said he feels fantastic. He’s in really good spirits. I saw a lot of pictures of him, he looks great. The coaches said he looks great.

“Alistiar has been this in business for a long time. So he knows how he wants to train, he knows what’s right for his body and what’s right for him.”

Overeem entered the UFC with much anticipation in December 2011, but has failed to live up to the hoopla. After beating Brock Lesnar in his Octagon debut to earn a title shot, he flunked a pre-fight drug test for elevated levels of testosterone and was suspended for nine months.

The 33-year-old has since lost two straight scraps and is believed to be fighting for his UFC life on February 1.

Whether Overeem will be allowed to return to the UFC after his Super Bowl Saturday shootout remains to be seen. However, Robinson said he’s always welcomed back with the Blackzilians.

“He’s welcome, he’s always welcome,” Robinson said. “It’s always his home if he wants it to be, but right now he’s not looking past the fight he has in a couple of weeks, that’s the most important thing. And we’ll see after that what he wants to do.”

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