Alistair Overeem returns to the UFC octagon on Friday night as he battles the returning Ben Rothwell in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 50. “The Reem” has been dealing with some criticism leading up to the fight as UFC president Dana White was placing the blame of Jon Jones’ injured knee and ankle in training for his fight with Daniel Cormier on Overeem. Here is what White said on The Jim Rome Show.
“It drives me crazy,” White said on the show. “First of all he’s fighting a 5-(foot)-10 unbelievable wrestler, that’s who he is facing in Daniel Cormier. (But) he’s training with 6-10, no-wrestling, all-standup kickboxer Alistair Overeem. And Alistair Overeem lands on his leg and busts his knee up and gives him a high ankle sprain.
“I mean I just don’t know why he would be training with Alistair Overeem for a fight when he’s going to fight a 5-10 wrestler. I don’t know, it’s frustrating.
“I wanted to pick the phone up about 20 times and call (Greg Jackson) and say ‘What are you doing? Why’s he training with Alistair Overeem to fight Daniel Cormier? Please tell me how that makes sense. But I didn’t. I bit my tongue, until right this second.”
Overeem is now training at Jackson’s MMA in preparation for the Rothwell fight had a rebuttal to the UFC president.
“(The injury was) very unfortunate,” Overeem told MMAJunkie.com. “This was just one of those freak accidents on a takedown. Listen, I was looking forward to that fight. Everybody was looking forward to that fight. Jon Jones was looking forward to it. Accidents happen. There’s no fault to blame.
“What is he doing training with me? We’re in the same gym. We’re teammates. We have lunch (together) and we drive around together.”
With this controversy arising close to the fight in a few days, will this shake up your MMA Betting in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 50?