The UFC lost their biggest and most anticipated fight of 2014 when UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was forced out of his scheduled UFC 178 title bout against No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier. In the aftermath, it was revealed that Jones was injured whilst training with new teammate Alistair Overeem.
While reports stated that there was no malice intent from Overeem, it is the second injury he has caused to a UFC fighter. Last year, Overeem injured Guto Inocente while training with the Blackzilians, which ultimately led Overeem to leave the team.
UFC heavyweight and fellow teammate of both Jones and Overeem, Andrei Arlovski recently spoke with Sports.ru regarding his upcoming rematch against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. During the conversation, Arlovski was asked about his thoughts on Overeem injuring Jon Jones, and gave a story of his own:
I do not like to wash dirty linen in public, but in these words there is a weighty truth. A few days ago I spent sparring with Alistair Overeem and experienced firsthand in what it can end with. As usual sparring goes: men exchange strikes, touch each other, but do not try to cause real damage to each other. During one of the highlights of our sparring, Overeem hit me with the hardest knee kick in the stomach. In a real fight I could have been knocked out.
After that, I immediately went to the hospital to make sure that my ribs are not broken. Thank God, everything turned out okay, although at first we were afraid that my fight with Bigfoot would have to be cancelled. It was so unexpected and so unpleasant that at first I even wanted to take revenge on Overeem, at least hit him with an elbow. But my boxing coach, Andrei Ivchuk, turned around and reassured me: “Do not be like the people who allow themselves to do such dirty tricks – he said. - No need to stoop to their level. ” As you can see, a competent coach – this is very important. Now I know that Overeem injured Jon Jones simply because he injures everyone with whom trains.
Arlovski is not the first teammate of Overeem to have bad things to say, but Jon Jones himself never blamed Overeem for the injury. It seems that Overeem simply goes too hard in training, so someone needs to be there to supervise in order to prevent injuries.