Golden Glory: Had a deal for SF to become a real competitor to the UFC

source: fightersonlymagazine.co.uk
 

Zuffa recently released the members of team Golden Glory on  its roster, citing as cause the management practice of receiving fighter's money, rather than it going to the fighter directly. It is also believed that Alistair Overeem’s contract negotiations were so difficult that the Zuffa hierarchy felt better off without the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion.

Now team Golden Glory head Bas Boon has resonded, in an exclusive statement to fightersonlymagazine.co.uk.

There was a contract in place and Golden Glory and Einemo honored the UFC rules including getting the check on the fighters name (Einemo showed his check in the gym as well which was on his name and Alistair and Valentijn also confirmed their payment was done by check in their name).

The Zuffa lawyer explained that the fighters could open an account at a bank were the UFC did their banking and the check would clear in only two days instead of 6 weeks till 8 weeks (that's how long it takes to clear a check in a foreign country which was also an issue for some of the fighters) and they could then transfer the amount to the final destination at their choice. They  were thankful and did this.

The reason that the Golden Glory management company is doing this business for the GG fighters for over 12 years with payment dirrectly to the management company  is for the benefit of the fighters, coaches and trainers are paid on time and the management company will take care of bookkeeper and taxes and exchange rates and legal help for the fighters.

We have many fighters from many different parts of the world and also have gyms in Berlin Germany, Liverpool England, Pattaya Thailand, California USA, Bucharest Romania, Moscow Russia and three gyms in Holland. Golden Glory is growing on an international level and we are working with one management company to coordinate these businesses.

Behind the scene I was preparing a great deal for cooperation between Strikeforce, Dream, K-1 and Glory to do something great together with Scott (this included a tv channel and footage deal). I introduced Scott thru a partner of mine in LA to some powerful people in the US (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.

Scott told me that he had partners and that there were financial difficulties with Strikeforce and any new TV or other deal they would welcome. As I am a producer as well ( produced more then 1000 hour of fighting content) and also made tons of other deals for promoters (like the K-1 live broadcasting on the dutch Tv Channel SBS6) I trusted Scott with some business plans as I knew Scott from the time he was a promoter for K-1 and we all wanted to move forward in the fight business.

Scott convinced me to start working with strikeforce, we always had a better deal in Japan and Europe, but as K-1 was having a lot of difficulties and Scott giving us all the terms we wanted, we started taking steps to do more and more business with strikeforce.

The problems with Strikeforce was that we made some agreements with Scott which were creating headaches now Zuffa took over.

The fighters were paid in the previous Strikeforce bouts to an account of the management without any problems, yet UFC claimed this was impossible. Then the fighters were loosing  sponsors as the UFC took over Strikeforce as they implemented their new rules. If you can sponsor the fighter you should sponsor the organization first.

I understand this from a business point of few, but some companies can’t effort to pay 100K or more to an organization. And some fighters getting 5 or 10K in sponsorship is were they actually can make some good money. We just wanted the things as they were before, but it was far from what it was before. The payment was done how the UFC wanted and again we agreed and did the same as in Vancouver, so that matter was solved , so I do not understand why Dana claims we did not agree?

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 Danna 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 cleary 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.

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OGChubbyChaser site profile image  

8/11/11 6:15 PM by OGChubbyChaser

 Replace GG with M-1 , Vadim with Bas Boon, and Overeem with Fedor and its like 2009 all over again.

FingerorMoon site profile image  

8/11/11 6:15 PM by FingerorMoon

Dana is pretty funny.Zuffa paying management company first = shady and we won't do that.Sponsors paying Zuffa first = business practice to stop fly by night sponsors and protect fighter

slamming site profile image  

8/11/11 6:10 PM by slamming

I never considered that. Now that I think back, in the context it was said it was referring to strikeforce as he said they wanted him to help grow the brand.

Young Hef site profile image  

8/11/11 6:06 PM by Young Hef

I agree they backed off of their previous stance, but flat out calling Dana a liar is probably not the best way to apologize or beg for forgiveness. Wonder how he feels about this.

Young Hef site profile image  

8/11/11 6:02 PM by Young Hef

When did they say anything about this?

32m site profile image  

8/11/11 1:04 PM by 32m

It's a win/win for GG and the UFC unless Reem or GG become unreasonable. I think Reem would be a HUGE draw for the UFC once the Zuffa hype machine markets the Reem. Reem looks like a champion and that is very marketable. Besides, who doesn't want to see Reem face the UFC test?

32m site profile image  

8/11/11 1:01 PM by 32m

Yep. Once Overeem is signed, nobody will be talking about this anymore.

32m site profile image  

8/11/11 1:00 PM by 32m

How do you know Dana lied? Was there something in that article that says that GG told Dana from the beginning that they were willing to bend? Or is that something that Boon just came up with?Oh...I see...you are ASSUMING.

FUTA WON (d) site profile image  

8/11/11 12:47 PM by FUTA WON (d)

This guy JJ is a total ass hat. TTT

caposa site profile image  

8/11/11 12:42 PM by caposa

sounds like they want to make a deal no more fucking around, Reem vs Lesnar/Mir/Carwin this fall Zuffa, make it happen



 

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