In White's assessment, it "doesn't make sense" for Jones to be training with a kickboxing specialist who outweighs him by more than a few pounds, when he's going to be taking on a smaller, stockier wrestler.
So why was "Bones" training with "The Reem?"
Because that's what training partners do, says Oveeem, who told MMA Junkie that the unfortunate accident is something that just happens in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
"This was just one of those freak accidents on a takedown. Listen, I was looking forward to that fight. Everybody was looking forward to that fight. Jon Jones was looking forward to it. Accidents happen. There’s no fault to blame. What is he doing training with me? We’re in the same gym. We’re teammates. We have lunch (together) and we drive around together."
And as far as the recent allegations from past teammate Anthony Johnson and current Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA stablemate Andrei Arlovski, who both claim the towering Dutchmen hurts everyone he trains with, Alistair vehemently denies it.
"There was no intent (to hurt him). There’s always something you can say. Sometimes it’s best to say nothing and it is what it is. That’s just my two cents."