Andrei Arlovski brands Alistair Overeem a dangerous sparring partner

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Andrei Arlovski is the latest fighter to speak out about Alistair Overeem's training practises, stating that 'The Reem' injures everyone he works with.

The comments come in wake of Overeem hurting Jon Jones in training and forcing the UFC Light Heavyweight champion out of his eagerly anticipated clash with Daniel Cormier at UFC 178.

Following that, Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson spoke out against Overeem, saying during their limited time together training he saw Overeem be overly aggressive with sparring partners - something Arlovski says he found out recently.

Arlovski wants revenge

In an interview with Sports.ru this week Arlovski revealed: “Well, I’m not big on telling tales out of school, but there is some truth to these words. A Couple of days ago I sparred with Overeem and learned such outcome by my own experience.

"Usually sparring partners don’t try to inflict a real damage to each other. But Overeem at one moment kneed me really hard in the stomach. In a real fight I could have been KO’ed after that.

“I rushed to a hospital to make sure that my ribs are not broken. Thank God, everything was all right, though initially me and my coach, we were afraid that Bigfoot bout would have to be cancelled.

"It was really unexpected and so dirty that I wanted to have my revenge on him at first, at least elbow him. But my boxing coach Andrey Ivchuk who was next to me at the moment calmed me down."

Will the UFC book a fight?

Two prominent fighters have now spoken out against Overeem and while Johnson said outright that he would take a detour on his path to light heavyweight title shot but moving up to heavyweight and challenging Overeem - Arlovski is focused on 'Bigfoot' Silva.

A fight between Arlovski and Overeem would make sense given their relative stature in the heavyweight division. A win for either of them puts them into title contention, especially with how light the division is.

While Cain Velasquez is champion, it's unlikely that Junior dos Santos gets another shot soon and if Velasquez beats Fabricio Werdum, it will leave a spot open for either man.

It would be a great comeback story for Arlovski but it's likely that he'd need a convincing wins over 'Bigfoot' and Overeem, as his return fight with Brendan Schaub was as exciting as watching paint dry.

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