Golden Glory agrees to ZUFFA pay methods; Alistair Overeem willing to sign with UFCPosted on August 11, 2011, 01:35 PM by Joey Santosus
Amid rumors of bad blood and backwards business dealings, Golden Glory has released a statement today in hopes of shedding some light on the situation and possibly patching things up ZUFFA.
Following last week's abrupt release of several high-profile Golden Glory competitors, including then-Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, UFC President Dana White explained the decision as one inspired by conflicting business practices between ZUFFA and the fighter's management team.
"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," White insisted in a recent interview.
According to Golden Glory co-founder and trainer Bas Boon, however, the camp is not only willing to 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:
"We did not have a choice and never said we would not fight in the future or that we would refuse to work like this in the future (we worked out that problem with the Zuffa lawyer in the Vancouver and even agreed with their new sponsor policies). Maybe there is a miscommunication and Dana was not well informed that the direct payment issue was solved and no longer an issue as I myself have been in and out hospital for two weeks because of heath issues ( the reason why this press release is so late).
Anyway we regret the response from Zuffa and the releases, but it is their company and they can do what they want, we would like to keep working in the future with the UFC and with this statement I clearly say that direct payment to any of our fighter was not a problem and will not be a problem in the future. We just want to be able to produce great fighters and create great fights for the fans, we have no intention for Co-promotion deals and are even willing to make an exclusive deal for Alistair Overeem to fight in the UFC, if the terms are right." - (For complete statement, visit FightersOnlyMagazine)
Overeem was released just days prior to his training partners after pulling out of his scheduled bout with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Though rumors swirled that the Dutchman's withdraw from the fight was part of a hard-ball negotiation tactic, Overeem has since taken steps to verify the legitimacy of his injuries and expressed a desire to join the UFC roster.
"The UFC is where the top guys are, so that's my ultimate goal, to become the UFC champ," Overeem stated in an interview with HDNet. "There's two people currently ranked above me and they're both in the UFC. So, of course I want to go to the UFC. I want to fight the top competition and these guys are there."
Though White has discussed signing the current K-1 and Dream Champion in the past, exclusivity was likely the primary roadblock in reaching a deal. And while Boon appears hopeful that the two parties can reach a resolution, it would seem the ball is now in ZUFFA's court.
Further Reading: Marloes Coenen refutes Dana White's claims regarding Golden Glory payment methods