Alistair Overeem Discusses Mother's Illness, Sending Lesnar To WWE
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Recently Alistair Overeem decided it would be best to move his training camp for Brock Lesnar back to Holland to be at home to help his mother who is recovering from cancer and this week in his blog entry for Yahoo!, Overeem discussed why he decided it was best to make that jump and also assured his fans that he will be sending Brock Lesnar back to the WWE:
"Thank you to everyone who has tweeted at me wishing my mother well after last week’s blog. I’ve been very touched by your concerns.
My mom is doing ok. She’s had cancer twice in the past, a very aggressive kind and it was a long ordeal for her and my family. The treatment she had was very hard; she had experimental treatment to burn the tumor from the inside out. It worked and saved her life, but there were complications from it. Recently, she had a check-up and the doctors found a couple of cells in her body that they were concerned about. That’s why I flew home.
We’re a small family – it is me, my mother, my brother and my grandmother and that’s it. We all have to be there for each other and it was the right decision for me to abandon the idea of preparing in Las Vegas for my UFC 141 main event with Brock Lesnar.
I’m not going to try and say getting this news hasn’t been stressful during my preparations for the fight. Let’s be honest: it does get you stressed, your mother being sick. But family stuff happens to everyone – athletes, businessmen, whoever we are, and we all should put our families as a priority no matter what is happening in our careers.
But to my fans who are worried that I will not be 100 percent ready to rip Brock Lesnar apart on December 30 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, let me promise you: coming back to Holland for this camp will not be a factor at all.
Let me explain: While I am worried for my mother and needed to get back here, this is the one other thing I am thinking about at all other than my fight. But I can handle the stress of helping my mother right now. It is the only thing I have in my life that is stressful other than this fight until the end of the month.
I’ve had bad years in the sport before: 2006-07 was a very bad time for me in my career and that was all because of what was happening to me in my personal life. I had four or five very stressful and bad things happening all at once.
I know my fans are worried that I am distracted right now but trust me, to compare the situation that had me go back to Holland two weeks ago to what I was dealing with back in 2006-07, it isn’t even close.
I say to MMA fans, again, don’t worry, I will be sending this guy back to WWE for you.
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