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Photo of the Day: Alistair Overeem & Badr Hari are InstaFriends/Training Partners Now, Apparently

(“Of course I’d love to train with you, old pal! And since we’re such good friends now, you wouldn’t mind telling the police that I was at your house from the hours of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. last night, would you chum?”) 

Abraham Lincoln was once infamously quoted as saying, “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” It’s a quote I could not help but reflect on in the days following Alistair Overeem’s devastating, hype-deflating KO loss to Antonio Silva at UFC 156. To be fair, it was just as much the media’s fault for filling Overeem’s head with premature discussions of his inevitable UFC title reign as it was his own, but in either case, his arrogance was surely on full display in his lackluster performance that night. Thankfully, we learned not to do the same thing with Uriah Hall.

In either case, it appears that the slice of humble pie Overeem was served last February was not taken lightly by the former Strikeforce heavyweight champ, as he recently posted the above photo on his Instagram account showing himself alongside former K1 rival and terrorizer of the Amsterdam nightclub scene, Badr Hari, along with the following caption:

Badr Hari & me at mikes gym after a great training session. The REEM vs Badr III might just happen… In training.

If you recall, Overeem and Hari engaged in a brutal (albeit brief) pair of fights a few years back — first at Dynamite!! 2008, then at the KI World Grand Prix semifinals in 2009 –with each man emerging victorious in one bout by way of (T)KO. You can find videos of both fights here and here.

As a longtime fan of Ubereem despite his many faults, I must say that it is honestly refreshing to see him bring in some elite talent to help hone his technique, rather than continue to solely rely on his power like he did against Silva. Not to go down the road of speculation, but I speculate that Hari’s help, along with that of the Blackzilians new wrestling coach, Olympic legend Kenny Monday, will propel Overeem to not only a UFC title, but a series of no less than 12 title defenses and a future position in the UFC, MMA, and Baseball Hall of Fames.

God I’m glad I didn’t blow this development out of proportion.

-J. Jones

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ArmFarmer- April 23, 2013 at 11:19 am
Overeem should accept any help he can get after that last loss. Badr is a valuable training partner and he's in no position to look a gift horse in the mouth. He needs to show his champion spirit, dust himself off, and get back on the horse. He should be chomping at the bit for a chance to redeem himself. If hes not he might as well put himself out to pasture. Just go home and hit the hay, ya know? But im just beating a dead horse at this point.
macreadysshack- April 23, 2013 at 10:52 am
Good thing Reem stopped juicing . . . Good God, his head.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 23, 2013 at 2:53 am
*obligatory horse meat reference*
Mr_Misanthropy- April 23, 2013 at 2:51 am
Mr_Misanthropy- April 23, 2013 at 2:52 am
Or was that Rape Ape?
CheechFace- April 23, 2013 at 2:17 am
Title mistake!!
Photo of the Day: Magilla Gorilla & Badr Hari are InstaFriends/Training Partners Now, Apparently.

Fixed it for you.
Null Kuhl- April 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm
Wait, Badr is training with the Blackzilians now? Great, now he'll show up overweight to his next bar fight.
Thumblaster- April 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm
@ alan k WTF????
Alan K- April 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm
Baseball Hall of Fame seems like a longshot. The only blacks they like are Dominicans. Does Alastair know Spanish?
J.Jones- April 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm
@Taco - That's because I'm going against the...ahem...GRAIN with this article.

You're welcome.
Fried Taco- April 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm
Maybe I missed it, even though I read through it twice, but I don't see any reference to horse meat here.
algiersheadkick504- April 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm
Bade hari can teach him how to kickbox without steriods