Alistair Overeem has been preparing to face Fabricio Werdum in their opening round bout of the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP this month and spoke with TheGarv.com to give his thoughts on the safety of a ring vs. a cage and how he has changed his training methods over the years to accommodate the changing ways of the sport:
"I like the idea of a ring, but I think a cage is more safe. You canâ€™t fall out of it. Basically I trained a lot of stuff the past five years. The whole way to prepare for a fight. Did I train in a cage? I think a cage is one fact of MMA today. I think everybody who is professional needs to keep his surroundings in consideration. You need to work with it. You need to use it to your advantage. So yes, Iâ€™ve been training differently now than five years ago."