UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski spoke recently with MMA Latest ahead of his fight with Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski, also known as UFC Fight Night 87, on May 8, 2016 at the Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Both fighters train at Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA, but Arlovski was clear he did not ask for the fight.
“F*** no,” said Arlovski, as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMA Fighting. “Overeem called Joe Silva and begged him over and over to fight me in his hometown. The UFC called me, called my manager and told me that Overeem wanted to fight me on the Rotterdam card. I said, ‘f***, no problem.’
“It is a little weird, but for me, it isn’t weird because I don’t give a f***. He won’t have coach Winkeljohn or Greg Jackson as the coaches so it is no help to him so I am fine with that.”
The gym is trying to accommodate each fighter, but Arlovski is not concerned with stepping on ‘Reem’s toes.
“F*** no, absolutely not,” said Arlovski. “I’m training on my schedule. If I have to be there in the morning, I will be there in the morning. If I have to be there at night, I will be there at night. If I have to be there all f***ing day, I will be there all f***ing day. I’m number one priority for the team and that’s it. Period.”
“He’s a great kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter, has great boxing skills and has great knees and elbows. In his last few fights he’s been working with the wrestling coaches so I think he will try and take me down but that’s good.”
“Listen, I’m sure there will be a lot of people booing me except a few people who will come from Russia or Belarus to support me, but I’m sure there will be people f***ing booing me but it’s all good, I’m very excited.”
“Overeem is in my f***ing way and I will do everything possible to smash him and that’s it. Period.”