Dana White: Golden Glory the Cause of Recent Strikeforce Firings

Written by Tom Ngo
August 4th, 2011

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ Alistair Overeem

For all of you disgruntled fanboys wondering why Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, has cut four Golden Glory fighters in less than a week, UFC president Dana White suggests you need to look no further than the business practices employed by the famed Dutch management team.

“This is actually a pretty simple explanation,” White said Thursday. “If you look back throughout history, we haven’t had any Golden Glory guys fight with [Zuffa, LLC] since Semmy Schilt, right? The reason is we have very different business practices. It’s tough to do business with them. The bottom line is, you have to pay them, not the fighters.

“We don’t work that way. It’s not the way we do business. It’s not how it works 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.”

Strikeforce had no reported issues with having to pay Alistair Overeem (Pictured), Valentijn Overeem and Marloes Coenen by going through Golden Glory. However, Zuffa’s purchase of Strikeforce in March forever changed MMA’s landscape.

The fourth GG team member to get axed this week was Jon Olav Einemo, who fought for the UFC. Oddly, the team decided it was ok to play ball in his lone Octagon appearance at UFC 131. However, that seems to have been a one-and-done exception.

“When Einemo fought in the UFC, we did it our way – the way that it has to be done,” White said. “They refuse to do business any other way. We can’t do business like that.

“The reality is, we’re trying to work out deals with these guys and they won’t do it. They said you absolutely can’t pay the fighters, you have to pay us.”

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