By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Alistair Overeem split from his longtime management group and team Golden Glory last fall, and since then has been a man without a home. However, he’s now officially made a team change, and has signed on with a new management group as well.
In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, Overeem revealed that he has joined up with Glenn Robinson’s Authentic Sports Management, and he will call the Blackzilians fight camp in South Florida his home.
“Since I signed my UFC contract, I knew I needed to be in the States more and, therefore, I visited several gyms, training camps, managers and other interesting people in the industry,” Overeem said. “When I came to South Florida, with ASM, I saw right away they are not only a management company, but an organization that makes sure that everything besides fighting is being taken care of.”
“They have a team of experts in their own field that can help you grow as a fighter. From Glenn Robinson working hands-on as management to Jen Wenk handling my PR and Karen Gough running marketing, a full-time nutritionist, a finance and legal department – you name it they have it. I have spoke to several people within the team and I was convinced that they can make me the new UFC world champion, so that was for me the decision to join ASM.”
Overeem said preparations for his bout with Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 were far from ideal, as he had to run his own camp after the split with Golden Glory. With the Blackzilians, a team headed up by UFC Light Heavyweight Title challenger Rashad Evans, Overeem feels he can succeed.
“I knew I needed a base where I can always go when I need proper training. I found that place in South Florida,” Overeem said. “It’s very important, my fight preparation against Brock was far from optimal with a lot of things going on which needed my personal attention. If you want to perform at the highest level you should only focus on training and with this step I can do so. That means everything in this championship fight.”
Penick’s Analysis: This is a good move for Overeem. ASM handles a lot of big-named fighters in the UFC, and what they offer him in terms of management will help him concentrate more on the fight game. Joining the Blackzilians fight team pairs him up with a lot of very solid fighters offering a variety of backgrounds, and that should help him in overall preparations as well. Having a dedicated team will be good for him after struggling somewhat in prepping for the Lesnar fight, and we’ll see if it pays off on May 26 when he takes on Junior dos Santos.