Marloes Coenen cut by Strikeforce, Golden Glory responds
I am very dissapointed to let you know that @MarloesCoenen @JohnEinemo and ValentijnOvereem have been cut from @Strikeforce @ufc…..
Read entire twitter… (Martijn de Jong, MMA trainer for Team Golden Glory)
De Jong expanded on his remarks in an interview with MMAjunkie. He was asked directly if he thought the cuts were due to recent strife between Alistair Overeem and Zuffa.
“You tell me. I have no idea, but it doesn’t look good. Of course, for us, it’s really bad. I’m very disappointed. What can I say?”
“This is a big blow for us,” de Jong today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I feel it’s kind of unfair to the fighters. They train hard. They put on exciting performances.”
“Of course, they can cut them because they lost, but do you cut Alistair Overeem, who was very eager to fight in the (Strikeforce heavyweight) grand prix, and who got major injuries? Einemo just received a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus in his last UFC appearance. Coenen … two times been the Strikeforce champion. And before Miesha beat her, I think they were even or Marloes.”
“The only thing I can say is I feel disappointed for the fighters, and now we have to go back and see what we’re going to do (and) where we’re going to go. For me, I hope the management can still work something out with Zuffa.
“I think Alistair needs to fight the best fighters in the world, and I think right now there’s only two people ranked above him: Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. Alistair only wants to be the best. It’s a pity.”
“For me, it doesn’t make sense. I was just thinking, ‘Is this the future of MMA?'”
Alistair Overeem voiced his support, also via twitter. “Doesnt feel right that champ @MarloesCoenen, fight of the night fighter @JohnEinemo and my brother @ValyOvereem are cut from Zuffa.”
There are two obvious reasons for cutting former champion Marloes Coenen after a two-win streak followed by a single loss. One possibility is that the cut does not bode well for the future of women’s MMA, and that this is the beginning of wrapping up women’s MMA for Zuffa. Given the camp of the other fighters released, the more likely explanation is the cuts stem from Zuffa dissatisfaction with negotiating by Team Golden Glory.