When Alistair Overeem refused to commit to a semi-final date in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Golden Glory fighters MarloesCoenen, John Einemo, Alistair Overeem, and his brother Valentijn were all released by Zuffa, from the Strikeforce or UFC contracts.
UFC President Dana White explained the firings, "The Golden Glory guys told us, 'You're going to pay us. We said, 'No, we're not. We're paying the fighters directly. We're not going to do that. It's not the way we do business. It's not how it works in the U.S. You don't pay the manager and the manager pays the fighter. You pay the fighter, and the fighter pays the manager."
Overeem was recently signed to a UFC deal,and will face Brock Lesnar at UFC 140, with a title shot to follow if he wins. Overeem however, has split with management Team Golden Glory.
Now Golden Glory co-owner Bas Boon has released a message saying all is okay with the UFC.
"The UFC is not wrong," said Boon. "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. 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."
The Bibop refered to by Boon is a Dutch law that gives agents of the State the right to withdraw or refuse a licence for a legitimate business to anyone with ties to organized crime. Golden Glory is openly co owned by Ron Nyquist, who helps direct at least some team activities, while serving a 20 year sentence for the shooting death of twin brothers Rob and Eric Driesen Nyquist suspected the twins of planting a bomb that nearly killed him and his girlfriend. Golden Glory is registered to Nyqvist's girlfriend's name. Nyqvist has been identified publicly as being a former member of a violent gang of drug traffickers called 'Juliëtbende'.