In rather surprising news, Alistair Overeem announced today that he has split from his longtime management and fight team Golden Glory, citing “differences that led to a breach of trust.”
I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory. 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. I don’t air my dirty laundry. I would appreciate the respect regarding my privacy to not disclose any further details on this matter.
Again, I would like to thank team Golden Glory for all the years we worked together and wish them success for the future.
As Overeem stated, he wants to keep the details private, however in a conversation with MMA Junkie, Overeem’s (former) manager, Bas Boon, insinuated that disagreements over money caused the split. He also hinted that legal action would be necessary to settle the dispute.
“I wasn’t really surprised, actually, after the last three months because he already had a lot of different ideas on how he would divide certain percentages which were normal in the past, and apparently, are not now,” he said. “I think the judge will decide on this issue that we have, and when that is decided, we will see who was right and who was not.”
Boon also speculated that Overeem may be blaming them for not securing his purse money yet for winning the 2010 K-1 WGP.
“Maybe that has to do with it, as well,” Boon said. “Everybody has problems with this, and I’m trying to do my best to solve this matter in Japan. It’s not easy, and of course, people are getting restless, and some people need to point the finger at certain people when things go wrong, but the only thing we can do is our best. It looks good, but these things take time.”
Whatever the issue(s) may be, Boon says he’s disappointed that it’s come to this after working with Overeem for over a decade.
“I’ve been together with Alistair for 12 years,” he said. “He slept in my house; I treated him like real friends. It’s kind of sad that maybe other influences by other people made him decide to go away, especially on the deal of a lifetime. That’s very disappointing.”
Overeem’s (former) trainer, Martijn de Jong, also expressed his disappointment in Overeem’s decision. He doesn’t think Overeem’s qualms with Golden Glory have anything to do with his training and believes he just happens to be “stuck in the middle” of an unfortunate situation.
It’s unclear where Overeem is going to train now, but he is planning to relocate to the US soon. Alistair told MiddleEasy recently that Hollywood, New York and Miami are all possibilities.
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Update: Bas Boon has released an official statement regarding the situation and confirms that Jon Olaf Einemo is back in the UFC.
The UFC is not wrong!
I want to make the following statement to clear up any speculation.
The UFC did nothing wrong and neither did Golden Glory management when signing up Alistair Overeem with the UFC. It is public knowledge how the UFC does business. The fighters sign their own contracts and agreements. If journalists have any questions regarding Alistair Overeem’s statement about G.G please contact the UFC for any further questions. ALL correspondence between the UFC and Golden Glory was also shared/CC’d to Alistair Overeem, who finally made a decision to sign the agreements.
These are difficult times in the fighting industry. We are still waiting for payment of FEG, as Alistair said in the press, and the future of FEG is still unclear. There is a Dutch law called bibop in the Netherlands which makes promoting events there extremely difficult. There will be a lot of rumors like in the recent past when 4 G.G fighters were released from the UFC and Strikeforce and that was the so called end of G.G relationship with the UFC.
Not long after this rumor, Golden Glory made a mega-deal with Alistair Overeem signing with the UFC. John Olaf Einemo is now back with the UFC and Siyar Bahadurzada just got offered a UFC contract.
There is also some really good news coming soon about the situation in Japan and I really want to let everybody know the details — but I have signed multiple NDAs (non disclosure argreements) and I have to wait before publicly elaborating further.
With Sporting Greetings,
Also, Liverkick.com is reporting that kickboxer Gokhan Saki has also left Golden Glory. It’s unclear is his and Overeem’s departure are related, though Liverkick is hearing other fighters are leaving the team as well.