Less than a month after joining the UFC, heavyweight Alistair Overeem has cut ties with longtime management company Golden Glory. While very few details have emerged regarding the split, Overeem suggested trust was broken somewhere along the way.
“As with any relationship, there are good times and bad times – you have your common ground and your differences. As with any relationship, you have trust. When differences lead to a breach of trust, there’s no turning back and no way to continue a positive, working relationship,” Overeem tweeted.
“I don’t air my dirty laundry. I would appreciate the respect regarding my privacy to not disclose any further details on this matter.”
Under Golden Glory’s guidance, Overeem experienced tremendous success overseas, as well as capturing the Strikeforce heavyweight crown before signing with the UFC. The Dutch management company recently came to the MMA forefront for their strict payment policies, which cost many of their athletes their jobs with Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce.
Golden Glory insists on getting paid directly from fight promotions so they can then distribute the funds to their athletes. Unfortunately for GG and their clients, that’s not the way UFC president Dana White and his organization have ever operated.
The fight team ultimately softened on their stance in order to get their biggest superstar into the UFC. Overeem makes his Octagon debut against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on December 30th.
“Again, I would like to thank team Golden Glory for all the years we worked together and wish them success for the future,” Overeem said in closing.