Allistir Overeem had been with his gym Golden Glory for 11 years, but that all came to a screeching halt when 'Reem decided to walk away. His gym countered by filing a lawsuit against him alleging breach of contract.
'Reem found his way over to the U.S. to train finally settling on a home in Randy Couture's Xtreme Couture gym. But that was cut short due to his mother is battling cancer. Overeem left his Las Vegas training camp in early December to return to the Netherlands to be with her for as long as he could.
Beyond the gym, legal, and health of his mother issues...Overeem has been dogged by steroid accusations throughout his career. He used to fight at light heavyweight, where he was pretty good but certainly not great losing to the best and eventually decided to move up on pant size and compete with the big boys.
Lesnar will tell you that he had to cut weight to make the 205 weight class and that when he mentally committed to going up in weight the combination of heavy weight lifting and eating like a horse naturally allowed him to gain upwards 45 pounds of muscle.
Everyone is going to be a skeptic when you add that much size, and look like a you were carved out of stone by the hands of Michelangelo. And the fact that 'Reem has mostly fought in countries where drug testing is less stringent, well lets just say he has a lot of doubting Thomas's.
But Overeem has always seemed composed on the surface when speaking and nothing seems to rattle the man who weighed in only 3 pounds less then Lesnar at the UFC 141 weigh ins (263 vs. 266).
If issues outside of the cage are of effect on Overeem, you'd never know it...oh and to add just one more x-factor into the heap, this will be his fight fight inside the intimidating Octagon walls.