Alistair Overeem Blames Training Team For Past Disappointments; Welcomes Rematch With Brock Lesnar

Alistair Overeem wants another piece of Brock Lesnar.

In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, the heavyweight discussed his past losses and, despite winning a unanimous decision over Frank Mir in his last outing, had harsh words for his former training team as he said they didn’t prepare him adequately enough for his last few opponents.

“I do think that my losses were contributed to by my team at that time, because you need to have good sparring partners, good coaches that take care of the direction of the fight, the overall training regimen,” Overeem said. “I do think that was lacking in the two losses. But then again, it is sports and as you saw with Spain, who were world champions twice and we (Netherlands) destroyed them completely and couldn’t even get through to the finals. ”

Since then, the former Strikeforce and K-1 champion has joined Malki Kawa’s First Round Management team and has started training at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“But that’s what happens, you are on a winning streak and then people change, teams change, people get better, new opponents arise and I did drop the ball a few times because you are condemned to do that. But everyone can be assured that I am always working hard, always training hard, put together the right team behind me and I do feel that a new title reign is coming soon for me.”

Although a title shot is still his primary focus, Overeem feels he still has unfinished business with one fighter in particular.

“I do believe that Brock Lesnar will be coming back, I don’t want to call it from retirement, but he is a huge draw, big guy, sells tickets. So that’s a fight I would be interested in.”

While he was initially expected to face Junior dos Santos, Overeem would withdraw from the bout to undergo elbow surgery. Now, he is scheduled to face Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 50 in September.

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