The Reem, Episode 11 - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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Alistair Overeem has been through a lot in a short time, and a new episode of The Reem covers it from top to bottom. If you've never watched The Reem before, it's a slickly-produced documentary about his life and fighting career. It's also a way for Overeem to explain his side of stories in the best possible light. The newest episode can't be embedded, but it can be viewed here.

Here's the basic back story, all of which you likely know by now. After defeating Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, the former Strikeforce/Dream/K-1 champion earned a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146. Following a lengthy press tour and a whole card being built around heavyweights based on this huge title fight, Overeem was tripped up by a random drug test before the UFC 146 press conference and had to bow out of the fight, with Frank Mir taking his spot.

You can catch a description of the 35 minute episode below, which includes some surprising Bloody Elbow footage.

A large chunk of footage is dedicated to the press tour with Junior dos Santos, and shows how well the two fighters got along. Overeem is in the process of moving to Miami to train with the Blackzillians, and the episode shows his departure from Holland and how he felt about having to leave his family, particularly focusing on his relationship with his daughter and grandmother.

Then comes the announcement from NSAC chief Keith Kizer of his positive test, which is melded in with screenshots of BE, Mania, and MMA Fighting articles. Kid Nate's posts are seen multiple times, along with Anton Tabuena's. The followup to that is a short but fitting monologue from Scarface, where Tony Montana (Al Pacino) talks about people focusing on "the bad guy".

The final third of the video focuses on Overeem's NSAC hearing, where he and his lawyer plead his case. It contains all the clips where the commission says he's a good guy and likely wasn't trying to cheat, and is closed out by Alistair and his lawyer praising the commission and feeling good about getting the suspension reduced from one year to nine months. He then goes back to Holland to see his family, now that he has some time off.

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