Multi-promotion MMA champion and up to date GLORY signee Alistair Overeem might have fought a professional wrestling star in his previous, however he’s acquired no appreciation for the abilities of Brock Lesnar or CM Punk.
Overeem laid into Lesnar — his first UFC sufferer — and Punk throughout an look Monday on The MMA Hour saying his return to the kickboxing ring reverse GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven.
Lesnar’s return to the WWE after a one-year layoff and Punk’s AEW debut had been two massive pops for professional wrestling this previous week. However the mere point out of Lesnar prompted a dismissive diatribe from Overeem about sports activities leisure that included homophobic language.
“The factor is with that complete wrestling factor, I watched it after I was 8, 9, 10 years previous,” stated Overeem, who faces Verhoeven on Oct. 23 beneath the GLORY banner. “Hulk Hogan, Final Warrior, large fan of these guys. Honky Tonk Man. Nice, humorous. Andre The Big. I ended watching after that, so I’m not watching since [1992, 1993, 1994].
“And only in the near past, I began trying once more on YouTube, and oh my God, these things is lame. It’s simply lame what these guys are doing. It’s pretend. It’s lame. It’s silly. It’s homosexual. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Overeem doubled down on his opinion when requested concerning the athleticism and leisure on show within the wrestling ring.
“It’s lame,” he stated. “It’s not even a sport. It’s simply lame. It’s dangerous performing. It’s simply lame. Sorry for all of the followers of WWE, however I’m simply being trustworthy. I’m simply giving my opinion. Free nation, proper? I believe it’s lame, and since I hadn’t seen it for 20 years. I by no means watched Brock combat. I by no means watched CM Punk combat. I knew they had been from WWE.”
Overeem insinuated Lesnar’s success within the octagon was the product of performance-enhancing medication, saying it was “pre-USADA.” (After his UFC 200 comeback in 2016, Lesnar failed two drug exams by the anti-doping company and was suspended for one yr along with his win over Mark Hunt overturned to a no-contest.)
Of his personal previous with MMA regulators, which included the denial of a combat license a pre-fight drug take a look at revealed a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio (or 14 occasions the T/E ratio of a traditional grownup male), Overeem indicated it was a unique story.
“I’ve been combating 10 years within the UFC — it’s been 9 years after my factor, so I suppose that clears me of that, proper? Six years post-USADA, so longer post-USADA than pre-USADA,” he stated.
Regardless of his dislike for his or her craft, Overeem known as the untimely deaths of a number of professional wrestlers a “unhappy factor.” However he stated the hazard contained in the octagon was preventable for somebody like Punk, who had no formal MMA coaching when he signed with the UFC.
“Pay attention, why did no person warn CM Punk what he was entering into? In fact, he can’t combat within the UFC,” Overeem stated. “You must have been extra trustworthy. You must have warned that man of what he was getting himself into.
“That man acquired mentally destroyed within the octagon. And in case you take a look at his WWE stuff…I by no means watched his WWE stuff, however in case you take a look at it, you possibly can already predict it beforehand — this man goes to have a foul, dangerous expertise within the UFC. He’s going to win, and he’s going to get anyone more durable, or he’s going to lose, and he’s not going to lose as soon as — it’s all the time two or 3 times, and he may get damage. That’s the even worse factor. He may have gotten actually damage.”