Golden Glory: Alistair Overeem Would Sign a UFC-only Deal
Despite having disputes with UFC, Golden Glory would still want Alistair Overeem to get inside the Octagon.
Despite the feud between Golden Glory and UFC – which resulted to contract release of several of its fighters – Alistair Overeem is still interested in signing an exclusive deal with the UFC. According to a statement released last Thursday by Bas Boon, co-owner of Golden Glory:
“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.”
But what the right terms exactly are remains vague. However, Bas Boon cleared out that he takes issue with UFC President – Dana White’s – statement about Golden Glory’s payment policies. However, the management company is okay with Zuffa paying Alistair Overeem, Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo and other Golden Glory fighters directly. Bas Boon also put some blame on the problems between the management company and the promotion to Scott Coker.
“I introduced Scott through a partner of mine in L.A. to some powerful people in the U.S. (Scott was very surprised after this meeting and exited and mailed me after his meeting with these people how impressed he was). I never could have guessed that at the same moment I was talking to Scott to make a massive move for becoming a real competitor to the UFC, Scott was already talking with the same UFC for selling Strikeforce. I trusted Scott with some business plans. … The problems with Strikeforce was that we made some agreements with Scott which were creating headaches now Zuffa took over.”
Those headaches are said to be the primary reason Golden Glory’s fighters are having problems with the UFC, according to Bas Boon. Still, he is hoping that the dispute will be eventually solved, and that the resolution would result to Alistair Overeem getting inside the Octagon.View Article Source »