Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Alistair Overeem is welcome to rejoin the Blackzilians at any time, according to Authentic Sports Management CEO Glenn Robonson, but it sounds like not everyone shares that opinion.
Especially not former training partner Guto Innocente.
Probably because he was injured by "Demolition Man" during a sparring session, one in which the Brazilian claims he was "kicking his ass." That didn't sit well with the hulking Dutchman -- considering Innocente was only fighting with one hand -- and took him down "unexpectedly."
Team mate Gilbert Burns explains what happened to Sexto Round Podcast (via MMA Fighting):
"There's a story that fighters kept in the gym. Guto was recovering from a knee injury, returning to training, and, even with a broken hand, he was beating Overeem up in a striking sparring. Overeem got mad because he was getting beat up by a guy with one hand, so he took Guto down and blew out his other knee. That's why Guto hasn't fought in a while. We were all upset about it, and that was when (Overeem) left the team. After he left, the team got better and we had better results. Thank God he left the team."
This is not the first complaint from the boys in Boca Raton.
UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson went on record to say Overeem was never a Blackzilian and was instead "Team Alistair," a sentiment echoed by those folks he left behind at Golden Glory a few years back. Now, "The Reem" has joined the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Will history repeat itself?