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Video: Alistair Overeem Joins Xtreme Couture and Details Reasons for Split With Golden Glory on ‘The Reem’ Ep. 07

Alistair Overeem was on’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani Monday afternoon and the former Strikeforce heavyweight fighter, who many speculated would be joining King’s MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif. after splitting with Golden Glory in the summer, revealed that he has instead decided to relocate to Las Vegas, Nev. where he will train at Xtreme Couture.

Although he wouldn’t reveal too much about the change in camps on the show, “The Demolition Man” gave more details of his decision to train stateside and what was behind his split with Bas Boon and company in the following episode of The Reem documentary, which was released minutes ago.

(Video courtesy of Vimeo/TheReem)

It’s curious that Alistair would choose Xtreme Couture when the camp has an obvious deficiency in top-tier heavyweight training partners for him to work with save for Ray Sefo and sometimes heavyweight Randy Couture. XC is known for its wrestling pedigree, which Overeem has stated he would like to focus more intently on, so in that sense, the choice makes sense.

If you’ve watched the video, it’s an unfortunate situation that saw Alistair break ties with his management and trainers, but business is business and sometimes doing what’s best for one’s career isn’t what’s best for one’s friendships.

It will be interesting to see what changes to his game he displays in his upcoming UFC 141 fight with Brock Lesnar. Considering Randy has both trained with and fought Brock, he should be able to offer some first-hand insight on him.

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RearNakedSpoon- November 8, 2011 at 5:58 am
Brock is an amazing athlete but not a top fighter. The Reem is both.
PERPATRAITOR- November 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm
i vote no descriptions on Reem videos. these are the best mma videos besides ghenkis con. everyone needs to watch at least one.

good gym fit by the way.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- November 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm
he pushed it when he dropped out of the heavy weight gp and decided that it was smarter to play ball with the ufc. he tried doing it fedors way but look what happened to him. smart move on the reem
myklhoey- November 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Im hopin he'l pull threw this and win i like brock i hav much respect for him as a athlete
myklhoey- November 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm
@ rwilsonr
Ya bro that sounds rite, brock who came to the ufc years ago was hungry and ya man confedent
RwilsonR- November 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm
@ myklhoey - I agree with your last. I think Brock has looked gassed in his last two. I do have a theory on that, though. I think it was more of an adrenaline dump from him being really nervous about his performance. He just hasn't looked the same since getting sick, and I think he goes out to the cage lacking confidence in his training and performance. He goes for a quick bull-rush, and when that doesn't work, he loses confidence further, dumps all that nervous adrenaline, and looks like crap. I just think the disease has ruined him physically and mentally. He isn't the same fighter. I think the confident Brock who came into the UFC would destroy Reem. Today's Brock... I have to agree with ccman's assessment.
RwilsonR- November 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Much thanks, MRuss. I really appreciate the summaries provided on CP.
keepyahguessing- November 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Tim Lane over at XC incredible striking coach, he can learn somethings from him for sure
ccman- November 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Ok now that I've knocked the ghetto read out of my system. Brock has not looked the same since getting sick, I'm shocked Mir's not begging for this fight. That said Reem has never been big on challenging himself so he sees how to win. Reem in 2. But I'll be pulling for Brock.
myklhoey- November 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Brock doesnt get winded ur rite, but he sure did in the cain figjt bro watch it it was just a minute in and he was done, i may be trippin i aint watched it in a wile but thats wat i renumba i hope fitch has to pull out id ratha not have to watch him
SnackDaddy- November 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm
This guys seems like more and more of a prima donna every time i see him. I'm rooting for Brock this time.
BONGTAR- November 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm
If Alistair can stuff a couple of take down attempts, Brock will be demoralized again and do his best Fred Astair in the cage, losing again.
HammerheaD- November 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Brock cant take a punch? You sure about that? Go watch the Carwin fight and count how many punches he took before he went to his corner, sat down, and smiled at Carwin. Dont mistake not liking to get hit with the not being able to take one.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm
First off I am mildly impressed at the conversation no outright hatred for Brock Lesnar anymore. I've always just been a fan of Brock from the get go. College wrestling,Pro Wrestling, MMA the dude is an athlete to the fullest. I also think Lesnar has been learning to use hands, their new to him just give him time and I think he will leave you all a bit surprised. Oh and Brock doesn't get tired.
Mike Russell- November 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

He said that Bas couldn't join him to sign his contract in Vegas so he hired a lawyer, who discovered certain terms in the deal were advantageous for GG and not so much for AO. Because his trainers and the GG management team were "very close" there wasn't any way he could keep training at the gym, so he decided to cut ties.
RwilsonR- November 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm
^ "...didn't like to get hit."
RwilsonR- November 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm
I agree with both Sean and myklhoey. I think when Couture backed Brock up and gave him a nice hard punch in the face, it was clear that Brock didn't line to get hit. But I also think there is a clear difference, both psychological and physical, between the Brock who fought Mir, Herring, and Couture, and the post-divierticulitis Brock who seems to lack confidence in everything he does in the cage.
RwilsonR- November 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Summarize reasons he left GG please. CP used to be awesome at summarizing videos for those of us who don't want to watch vids at work.
myklhoey- November 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm
I agree he is scared to get hit but afta he tryed to throw some knees atcain he was breathin hard and 2 minutes had yet to pass but ys man hes deff a runna if he can take overeem down i think his hand will get raised
amsterdamheavy- November 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Just as easy to say "If the "Reem that fought Werdum shows up he will be mauled to death by Lesnar" Unlike Werdum, Lesnar will be able top get Uberreem to the mat without begging him to come on down while laying there with his legs spread like a $3 whore.
SeanSoloXXX- November 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm
@myklhoey brock didnt get gassed man he just cant take a punch. At all. When he gets hit in the face he runs. Happened in the carwin fight too. He would have kept backing up if there wasnt the cage there to stop him.
myklhoey- November 7, 2011 at 11:56 am
@ expect
You get the point rite i aint tryin out for a spellin b skip my post if it bugs you i will always spell wit bad gramma1st cause its quik type 2nd im just about the worst spella i no
ExpectJesusBro- November 7, 2011 at 11:50 am
@ myklhoey..
quik? rsn? wile?
try again.