After Alistair Overeem split from the Blackzilians camp and headed to Jackson’s MMA, some of his ex-teammates had less than kind things to say about the fighter. Well, according to the driving force behind Overeem’s new home in New Mexico, Greg Jackson, the heavyweight has been an “amazing teammate” so far.
Jackson recently spoke with Bloody Elbow.com, and the renowned coach was asked about Overeem, and whether he’s been an active member of the gym. Following Overeem’s departure from the Blackzilians, some claimed that the heavyweight only used the Florida gym to train in, and wasn’t really part of the team.
Here is what Jackson had to say:
“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.”
Interesting. It sounds like everything is going really well in Albuquerque for Overeem, who it should also be noted, has praised Jackson and the team there repeatedly in recent months.
Overeem is coming off a first round, KO win over Stefan Struve at UFC on FOX 13 last month. “The Reem” went 2-1 in 2014, as after he decisioned Frank Mir at UFC 169 in February, he was taken out by Ben Rothwell at a Fight Night card in September.
The 34 year-old fighter is scheduled to throw down with Roy Nelson at UFC 185, which will take place on March 14th in Dallas, Texas. The upcoming card will feature lightweight champ Anthony Pettis taking on Rafael dos Anjos in the main event.