Alistair Overeem may not have been everyone’s best buddy when he was training with the Blackzilians in Florida, but according to the fighter’s new coach, the heavyweight has been an “amazing teammate” at Jackson’s MMA.
After Overeem elected to leave the Blackzilians, some of the team’s members, including Anthony Johnson, criticized the decorated fighter. Well, Jackson recently spoke to Bloody Elbow.com, and he was asked about “The Reem” and how he’s fitting in with the Albuquerque gym. The question noted that Overeem was accused of not being a real member of the Blackzilians.
“Just the opposite, actually. He comes to every team practice, he works out with everybody, they go play ultimate Frisbee together when they’re done [laughs]. He loves to play the soccer video games, so they all play video games together. He’s quite social with the team and is really very impressive, as far as being a team player. I don’t if he was always this way, if the other environments weren’t suited to him, or maybe he’s changed a little…I don’t know that, but I do know that here, he’s an amazing teammate and is always looking out for the guys. I was really impressed with him, and I continue to be impressed with him.”
The 34 year-old fighter has also sung the praises of Jackson and the team since he started training at the gym, so it looks like the arrangement is working out pretty good so far?
Overeem is coming off a first round, KO win over Stefan Struve last month, and is scheduled to fight Roy Nelson at UFC 185 on March 15th.