Surprise, surprise: another member of the Blackzilians speaks out against Alistair Overeem.
Young prospect Gilbert “Durinho” Burns recently spoke out regarding Overeem leaving the Blackzilians camp, claiming that it was due to him injuring a fellow UFC heavyweight Guto Inocente during a sparring session.
“There’s a story that fighters kept in the gym,” Burns said on Sexto Round podcast. “Guto was recovering from a knee injury, returning to training, and, even with a broken hand, he was beating Overeem up in a striking sparring.
“Overeem got mad because he was getting beat up by a guy with one hand, so he took Guto down and blew out his other knee. That’s why Guto hasn’t fought in a while. We were all upset about it, and that was when (Overeem) left the team. After he left, the team got better and we had better results. Thank God he left the team.”
Burns, who is clearly not a fan of Overeem, proceeded to list the multitude of reasons why he is happy that the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion is no longer a member of their team.
“He’s an arrogant man,” Burns said. “He’s exactly how he looks to be. One thing is getting in the gym and talking to me or a younger guy, but another thing is go there and not talk to Rashad, Vitor, Tyrone Spong, coach Henri (Rooft).
“He’s cocky, and the team got better when he left. He’s really tough, but he’s not that monster that he appears to be. I saw him get beat up bad in training by Anthony Johnson, Rashad, Vitor and Tyrone.”
While the story behind this tirade may be factual, it is layered with an extreme amount of bias that more or less renders it useless.
Burns is someone who clearly holds resentment against Overeem and the way he conducts himself in the gym. To make outlandish statement–such as “the whole team got better” when he left–is quite ridiculous and inapplicable.
While fans should not ignore this story, I suggest that they take it with a pinch of salt.
Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com’s Guilherme Cruz.
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