UFC: Anthony Johnson, 'Overeem Was Team Alistair, He's Not a Blackzilian'

Kyle Symes@ksymes88Correspondent IIIFebruary 5, 2014


Anthony Johnson has only been back in the UFC for a short period of time and he's already making headlines.

Johnson spoke with Fox Sports about his trip to UFC 169 and the apparent rift between Johnson and UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem.

"I ain't got not beef with him, I just don't care about him," Johnson said candidly. "He's not a Blackzilian, he ain't no Blackzilian.  Don't even put him in that category. He's Team Alistair, that's it."

That statement goes against what Glen Robinson told The MMA Hour.

"He's welcome back, but he's decided to do his camp in Thailand," Robinson said.

That's in reference to Overeem heading to Thailand for his training camp prior to facing Frank Mir at UFC 169. It's not Overeem's first change of scenery either.

Overeem had a highly publicized parting of the ways with Golden Glory over what he called, "a breach of trust."

Overeem joined the Blackzilians shortly thereafter and it seemed as though he made the move a permanent one. But it would appear "The Reem" felt a change was needed and "Rumble" won't be making a phone call to have the heavyweight come back to Boca Raton, Florida anytime soon.

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