February 13, 2012
The man looking to take over the UFC's heavyweight division has found his comfort zone at the fastest growing major camp in the sport. In an exclusive conversation with the MMA Fight Corner, Alistair Overeem said that he's going to work out of Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Fl. He also signed a new management deal with Authentic Sports Management.
"ASM has everything that I need to expand. This goes from sparring partners, trainers, training facilities, Legal advice, business advice ... you name it they got it," Overeem said. "America is the future. I am committed to the States. I'm guessing this is going to be a permanent move."
Overeem said his travel load will have him away from south Florida quite often. He still does a lot of work in Japan and Dubai, and his homebase will always be Holland.
Overeem toured and worked with gyms in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego before choosing Florida. He said warm weather was an important factor in his final choice. He also has a familiar face in Tyrone Spong and his trainer Harry Hoeft.
"The gameplan is already good to go. I already know how to beat him," Overeem said. "It's just a matter of training and getting my body and mind in the 100 percent condition it needs to be in."
ASM also works with Rashad Evans, Miguel Torres, Matt Mitrione, Jake Shields and Melvin Guillard amongst others. Check out the entire interview. Overeem talked about his winner over Brock Lesnar. It sounds like he's a getting tired of some fans and media members discounting the victory because Lesnar retired after the fight.
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