Dana White confirms negotiations underway with Alistair OvereemPosted on August 26, 2011, 11:09 AM by Joey Santosus
"We're talking to Overeem. When everything fell apart, you guys heard me come out and say, 'We can't do business with these guys the way these guys want to do business,' meaning his management. Well they've changed their opinions on how they can do business with us, so now we can. - For more check out The Dan LeBatard Show
Following the abrupt release of several high-profile Golden Glory competitors, UFC President Dana White explained the decision as one inspired by conflicting business practices between ZUFFA and the fighter's management team. In response to the explanation, Golden Glory co-founder and trainer, Bas Boon, released a statement in which he explained that they would not only conform to ZUFFA's standard payment methods, but their client, top ranked Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem, would like to sign an exclusive deal with the UFC. Though Boon's offer was well-received by White, who upon learning of the team's willingness to compromise stated that they could "absolutely make a deal," no word had since been given on the status of Overeem's fighting future.
That now appears to have changed, as White confirmed during an appearance on ESPN's Sports Talk 790 that negotiations are, in fact, currently ongoing with "The Reem." It's good news for MMA fans, who have long awaited the Dutchman's octagon debut, but perhaps even more interesting is the timing of the revealation. During an interview with MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani Thursday, White refuted claims that Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva would serve as one half of the headliner for the promotion's highly anticipated FOX debut. Instead, he said that they were still working on "getting the deal done" for the November 12th main event. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Could we see Overeem headline the UFC's monumental network debut on FOX? And who do you think his opponent could be? Perhaps the recently recovered former champ, Brock Lesnar?
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Photo: UFC President Dana White at a post-fight press conference at UFC 100 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker