Coker: GG fighters let go in fairness to them

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Zuffa-owned Strikeforce and UFC recently shedded Golden Glory team members Alistair Overeem, Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem, and Jon Olav Eienemo. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was recently interviewed on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranall, and discussed the matter.

“Well, you know, Mauro, that whole thing about Alistair, I think it’s been documented. I think it’s been regurgitated over and over so I don’t know if we have to get into that.

“But with Valentijn and Marloes, you know, right now, there’s only so many TV spots, as you know, until the middle of next year. And, uh, they’re, um, you know, in this business, you’ve gotta keep winning.

}So, to me, it was a situation where Valentijn had that loss, I believe in June, so that was already in the works anyway. It just seems sudden to everybody because it just all happened this week. But that was already on its way for Valentijn.

“The slots are going to be for the fighters that are victorious right now. We have a lot of athletes under contract and we have to get everybody fights and there’s only so many slots. There’s only so many TV dates, we only have two more TV dates on the big show before the end of the year. September is already full, December is getting full and then January is hopefully are finals and that’s going to have a full card already.

“So in fairness to the athletes, why just let them hang around? It’s a much fairer situation to let them go fight elsewhere and create another future somewhere else.”

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