It hasn't been a great week for UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem. After being pegged as the man responsible for derailing a title bout between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, Overeem's own teammate is now speaking out against his training habits. Fellow heavyweight Andrei Arlovski has trained alongside Overeem since the former Strikeforce champion arrived at Jackson's MMA in April, but may have already seen enough.
"I do not like to wash dirty linen in public, but in these words there is a weighty truth," Arlovski told Sports.ru (via Bloody Elbow). "A few days ago I was sparring with Alistair Overeem and experienced firsthand how it can end. As usual sparring goes: men represent strikes, touch each other, but do not tend to cause real damage to the partner. During one of the highlights of our sparring Overeem hit me with the hardest knee kick in the stomach. In a real fight would turn out for me by knockout."
Arlovski goes on to explain that the incident sent him to the hospital, nearly forcing him to withdraw from his own main event bout with Antonio Silva booked for Sept. 13.
"After that, I immediately went to the hospital to make sure that my ribs were not broken," said Arlovski. "Thank God, everything turned out OK, although at first we were afraid that my fight with Bigfoot would be cancelled. It was so unexpected and so unpleasant that at first I even wanted to take revenge on him, at least hit him with his elbow. But my boxing coach, Andrei Ivchuk, turned around and reassured me. "Do not be like the people who allow themselves to such dirty tricks - he said. - No need to stoop to their level. " As you can see, a competent coach - this is very important."
"Now I know that Overeem injured Jon Jones simply because he injures everyone with whom trains."
Overeem underwent a 12-hour elbow operation Apr. 9 to correct a pinched nerve, the first surgery of his '19-year career.' The Dutchman was in talks to face former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos earlier this year in a five-round main event in Brazil or three-rounder in Las Vegas, but turned each booking down to mend an injured rib.
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What is Renan Barao doing getting back into a rematch after a knockout loss less than 6 months after he says all he remembers is that he woke up in his dressing room, no longer bantamweight champion? Who are his coaches? Barao is only 3-4 months removed from his stunning loss to T. J. Dillashaw, May 24th to be accurate. Who knows if he has returned to sparring yet or not in preparation for this bout, but, in my opinion, this is surely going to be the career turning point for him. In which direction remains yet to be determined, but, if I had to back my argument up with a recent example, I would use Anderson Silva as someone who rushed back into a rematch title shot. Aside from returning too soon, I think Barao will have some doubts in the back of his mind, and not be 100% mentally ready to be re-climbing that championship mountain. Of course I could be wrong, Luke Rockhold has rebounded and looked unstoppable since his KO loss to Vitor Belfort. But I just think that it will be too much pressure, and not enough time for Barao to return to championship form.
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