Henri Hooft: ’Alistair should have just stayed here and trained with me and not get knocked out every fight’
Former kickboxer Henri Hooft is known for his excellent work on stand-up techniques and he is one of the best coaches in the world.
His results are best seen in his work with Blackzillians while he shared some of his thoughts at Submission Radio. He also had something to say about Alistair Overeem's statement on Dutch kickboxing style being out of date.
“If Alistair said that about Dutch kickboxing maybe he should have just stayed here and trained with me and not get knocked out every fight, you know?" said Hooft. "I mean he did everything by himself. He tried to change his style.”
“It’s like crazy. He comes here to America and he tries to do another style of fighting where he was very successful at, and he got knocked out and he got booed and everything, and now he blames it on our sport [that] its out-dated. No. I can tell you one thing; look at Tyron [Spong], look at [Gokhan] Saki, look at Nieky Holzken, look at kickboxers and look at my fighters. Look at Matt Mitorione, look at Anthony Johnson, look all the guys that we have, you know; Gilbert Durinho, Ryan Laflare. So many people are knocking and kicking people out.“
"It’s – I don’t understand why people say that. I feel I always have respect for every kind of aspect in MMA. Everything. Muay Thai, Kickboxing; and we can all learn from each other, but I think Dutch style kickboxing is very good for MMA because we do everything in combinations. We don’t just kick or do something without thinking, we do everything in combinations. If you setup kicks with your hands it’s very difficult to take somebody down if you keep punching their face first. So, it is 'outdated'? I mean Karate is one of the oldest sports in the world and it works. Jiu Jitsu is a very old sport and it works. The fighting sports are never outdated, it’s the fighter who is outdated or just changes up after a loss.“
"That’s the funny thing I like about MMA though. They lose the fight and they change the whole camp, trainer, they want to change everything. They never look at themselves or what they’re doing wrong. A fight is a fight. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and if you lose to a guy who’s better than you, or born with more genetic structure and everything, you could do nothing about it. If you lose a fight because you’re stupid then it’s your fault.
"I mean I’m a trainer. I always say that. I’m a trainer but I don’t take all the credit. I’m just an extra pair of eyes. I make sure that you’re fit, that you can fight, and that I see stuff that you don’t see, but at the end of the day when the cage is closed or you go in the ring, you’re responsible for your own stuff. I’m already done. I’ve trained you for 8 weeks, or 12 weeks, or 3 years, or 10 years. Fighting you do yourself. So again, I think Alistair left our camp, he never really trained with us, never trained with me, I never wanted to train with him – and that was maybe his biggest mistake – and then he said Dutch kickboxing is outdated? I hope he said the same stuff when he’s in Holland and talks to all the kickboxers there because they’re all going to laugh in his face,” Hooft said.