Dana White: We can't do business with Golden GloryPosted on August 4, 2011, 04:21 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC President Dana White, who was in attendance in Philidelphia for the UFC 133 pre-fight press conference, discussed the recent releases of several high-profile Gold Glory competitors. Among those released were then Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, former Women's Welterweight champ Marloes Coenen, one-time UFC competitor Jon Olav Einemo, and Valentijn Overeem.
"This is actually a pretty simple explanation. If you look back throughout history, we haven't had any Golden Glory guys fight with us since Semmy Schilt. Right? And the reason is, we have very different business practices - it's tough to do business with them. The bottom line is, the way that they do business is, you have to pay them - not the fighters. We don't work that way. It's not the way we do business and it's not how it works here in the United States with the athletic commissions. You don't pay the managers and the managers pay the fighters. You pay the fighters and the fighters pay the managers... When Einemo fought in the UFC, they did it our way - the way that it has to be done. They refuse to do business any other way and we can't do business like that."
Photo:UFC President Dana White at a press conference for UFC 108 at the MGM Grand Hotel on December 30, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker