After parting ways with long-time training camp Golden Glory because of a "breach of trust," Alistair Overeem made the move stateside from his native Holland in search of a new gym that he could call home and help him prepare for his upcoming bout against Brock Lesnar tomorrow night (Dec. 30, 2011) at UFC 141 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After making a brief stop at Mark Munoz's Reign Training Center in Orange County, Calif., the "Demolition Man" landed at former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight (and light heavyweight) champion Randy Couture's Xtreme Couture in "Sin City."
It seemed like a match made in mixed martial arts (MMA) heaven as Overeem aligned himself with the famed camp that houses such stars as Gray Maynard, Forrest Griffin and of course, "The Natural." However, the union was short lived, as Overeem had to suddenly move his training camp back to Holland to care for his ailing mother.
And even though that may be the primary reason for leaving, Gil Martinez -- head trainer at Xtreme Couture -- tells Fightline.com that there was more to the story with the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion training at the gym.
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"There were some issues with Alistair training at Xtreme Couture because Randy, after he fought Brock, trained with him and signed a disclosure with them. So even though Randy isn't at the gym, Brock's people made it an issue so Overeem ended up not finishing his training here."
Lesnar, who has his own training facilities with DeathClutch Gym, has often spent time training at Couture's Las Vegas-based gym since defeating the UFC hall of Famer at UFC 91 back in 2008.
Apparently, Team Lesnar wasn't too fond of the idea of its upcoming opponents sharing the same trainers and facilities as them, which added to the Dutchman's untimely departure. Regardless of the abrupt changes, Alistair Overeem maintains that no distraction will affect his performance Friday night as he makes his much anticipated debut in the world's pre-eminent MMA promotion.
Or will it?
Lesnar admitted that he "doesn't care" what Overeem did or does prior to their monstrous New Year's Eve weekend clash.
Actions speak louder than words.