It’s a matter of he stated…. he stated, as former UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem and ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong have a distinction of opinion as to how Overeem’s look eventually weekend’s ONE Combat Night time 6: Superbon vs. Allazov got here to be.
Overeem denies reaching out to ONE Championship about competing of their upcoming openweight Muay Thai grand prix, and insisted that he was invited to observe their occasion in Bangkok final Saturday.
The famed heavyweight fighter wrote, “simply to set the report straight…
I’m on a vacation in Thailand and was invited to an One FC occasion in Bangkok. As a fan of the game, I all the time get pleasure from watching some good fights. Simply as a customer. Nothing extra, nothing much less.
So… for all of the individuals who like to unfold rumors; sorry guys 🙂 no gossip right here. I’m devoted to @glorykickboxing 🥊”
Sityodtong has since stated Overeem’s assertion on Instagram was “full BS”.
Final week, an nameless supply informed the South China Morning Publish that former UFC heavyweight MMA title challenger Overeem (47-19), who now competes in Glory Kickboxing, had contacted ONE officers final week about combating of their 16-man match, which can kick off in March with a US$1 million prize up for grabs for the winner.
“It’s humorous as a result of he did attain out to ONE,” Chatri informed the Publish.
“We didn’t invite him, we had no thought he was in Bangkok. I do know that he placed on social media refuting that he had reached out, however it’s full BS. We had no thought he was in Thailand.
“He reached out to Ric Auty [senior director of competition] to be very particular, after which they requested me ought to we let Overeem come. I stated certain, in order that’s the way it occurred.
“I don’t imply to make Alistair look unhealthy, however no Alistair, we didn’t invite you. I’m solely reacting to the social media submit. We didn’t invite him.”
The 42-year-old Dutchman then sat cageside subsequent to Sityodtong for the January 14 occasion at Affect Enviornment.
Then in line with the report from the Publish, “Chatri, nevertheless, claimed Overeem informed him “level clean” at cageside that his take care of Glory was non-exclusive.
“I don’t need to name out anybody for talking half truths or something,” he added. “So I don’t know. We did discuss it briefly, however we have been watching the fights principally.
“Look, I’ve a whole lot of love and respect for Alistair and all the pieces he has achieved for the game. I’m really an enormous fan – I’ve watched him because the Ok-1 [kickboxing] days and all that stuff, and the grands prix when he was in Japan, so a whole lot of respect.
“However I used to be slightly bit … for him to say we invited him, no we didn’t, we had no thought he was even in Thailand.”
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