After word got out that Jon Jones incurred his knee injury recently while training with teammate Alistair Overeem, the latter quickly was bombarded with criticism. Some of which came from his former training partner with the Blackzilians, Anthony Johnson, and a nasty back-and-forth quickly transpired.
While some have portrayed Overeem as a heartless, and aggressive, teammate, the Jackson-Winkeljohn heavyweight continues to dispute those charges. In a recent segment on “The MMA Hour”, here is some of what Overeem had to say about injuring the light-heavyweight champ (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“It was the truth, so what are you going to do?” Overeem said, when asked if the camp could have taken steps to hide how Jones’ injury occurred. “Anybody can say the truth. It is what it is. You cannot make it any more nice, right? If somebody asks anybody in the gym what happened, ‘hey what happened with Jon,’ ‘yeah he was warming up with Alistair’…I mean, should they lie about it or something? It was the truth…it was just a very unfortunate accident.”
“…And I felt terrible man, because I was looking forward to that fight (Jones-Cormier at UFC 178). Of course obviously [Jones]’s had a great career, he’s a great athlete, but I also like him as a friend. So, you never want to do that to your buddies that are your teammates, because you feel terrible.”
In terms of Overeem’s career, the former Strikeforce champ has been booked to fight Stefan Struve at UFC on FOX 13 in December, after being stopped by Ben Rothwell earlier this month.