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Old 12-03-2011, 05:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Overeem goes back to Holland to train - wants to be close to sick mother

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Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

And while Alistair Overeem was preoccupied with trying to figure out the most efficient way to tear Brock Lesnar apart, piece by piece, his mother was back home in Holland, dealing with the devastating effects of cancer.

So "The Reem" made a judgement call and hopped on a flight east to be by her side. This just a short while after his decision to permanently move out to Las Vegas to train with Xtreme Couture in preparation for the biggest fight of his life at UFC 141 on Dec. 30.

But, in reality, there is no fight bigger than the fight for life, which, of course, takes precedent over title shots and belts and Octagon's and whatnot.

The good news, according to Overeem himself via his blog at Yahoo! Sports, is that his mother is recovering and his moving back to Holland won't hurt his training one bit. In fact, it will help it. I'll let him explain:

"I am now training for Lesnar in Holland. I flew back about a week ago. I don't want to go too deep into personal matters, but what happened was my mother is recovering from cancer and needs my support. She needs me in Holland over the next couple of weeks and I came back for her."

"What I can say is that going back to Holland to be with my mother won't be a distraction; it is actually stopping me from getting distracted. If I stayed in Las Vegas for this camp I would be constantly worried about her and my focus would have been compromised. Now I can train 100 percent, and know she's just across town."


Overeem hasn't lost a fight since winning the Strikeforce heavyweight championship all the way back in Nov. 2007. His journey has since taken him from Japan to Amsterdam to St. Louis and on down to Dallas, Texas.

And now he's headed for "Sin City" to face off against a behemoth.

The match-up is intriguing and the bout interesting but it's difficult to imagine Overeem fighting at 100-percent capacity. After all, 90-percent of the fight game is half mental, as Tim Sylvia would say.

Will "The Reem" be adversely affected by the status of his mother?

Either way, we certainly wish her all the best during her difficult time.
Source: MMAMania.com
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe he will be motivated more than ever. This is such an intriguing match up indeed. The biggest MMA striker vs the biggest MMA wrestler in the UFC. Most of the time people say it won't last the full rounds this is one of those times.
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Bad news :/ Overeem to me seems like a person who needs to dedicate themselves 100% on something to do well in it. He has in the past blamed many loses (his losing strike at LHW) on having other "distractions" in life. Also where is he going to train in Holland? he has fallen out with golden glory, what other big name gym are there?
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On the one hand this kind of selfless familial love makes me like him more. On the other hand I'm still hoping Lesnar beats him up. Conflicting feelings.
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Overeem has had a lot of distractions this camp and I think it is gonna show. He sued Golden Glory management, left Golden Glory Gym, moved half way across the planet to a new gym, his mom gets sick and now he is moving back half way across the planet less than a month out from the fight. Its a huge mistake and its gonna show when Lesnar donkey kong's his ass.
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Overeem has had a lot of distractions this camp and I think it is gonna show. He sued Golden Glory management, left Golden Glory Gym, moved half way across the planet to a new gym, his mom gets sick and now he is moving back half way across the planet less than a month out from the fight. Its a huge mistake and its gonna show when Lesnar donkey kong's his ass.
I agree 100% with the above post other than the mistake part. When your mother is sick with cancer you have to be there for her! No matter what that means in your professional life!
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I do hope Overeem can find a way to stay focused.
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I´ve said it a few months ago and still believe it 100%.
Overeem will make Lesnar jump the fence on the octogon and run away in tears.

P.S. Cormier agrees with me.

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Daniel Cormier on Lesnar vs. Overeem: “We might see Brock jumping around the cage”

Finalist of Strikeforce heavyweight GP, the wrestler Daniel Cormier is getting ready to fight the tough Josh Barnett, in 2012, but he’s already thinking about a possible merge to the UFC.

On a chat with TATAME at AKA’s training center, gym located at San Jose, California, the American analyzed the duel between the wrestler Brock Lesnar and the striker Alistair Overeem, scheduled for December 30th, which will define the next on the line for UFC’s title, currently on the hands of the Brazilian Junior dos Santos.

“It’s gonna be whoever can implement their game in fight first. I mean, Brock could take him down and test him. He has a chance. But, if he’s forced to stand with Alistair, it’s not gonna be good at all (laughs). We might see Brock jumping around the cage”.
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I got the sudden urge to see Lesnar-Cormier now.
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