(..and we want the money in small unmarked bills in a black duffle bag.”
Apparently it’s because Golden Glory — the team’s management group — requires promotions to pay its fighters purses directly to trainer and manager Martijn de Jong, who divvies up the monies owing to the respected trainers and managers before paying the fighters. Because the UFC has had issues with managers in the past not paying fighters what is owed to them, they made it their policy that the checks go to the fighters, who then pay the members of their camp. Zuffa/Forza claims it told Golden Glory to change the way they do business but they refused, so their fighters were released.
Strikeforce is still allowing Sergei Kharitonov to continue to compete in the tournament, but according to the source, if he loses, he too will likely be cut unless GG changes it’s payment policy.
Somehow, it seems like there must be more to the story, but who knows?
UFC president Dana White, who managed few fighters including Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell when he first started in the business, has been vocal for a long time about his distaste for scumbag managers and has been known to contact fighters directly when negotiating fights with them. It’s no surprise that he’s playing hardball with Golden Glory after his publicized firing of Jon Fitch a few years back after the American Kickboxing Academy fighter refused to sign his video game likeness rights away for life in case he someday wasn’t fighting for the UFC and wanted to be featured in another game. White threatened to fire all of the AKA fighters on the UFC roster if they didn’t all sign the deal. Fitch eventually relented and was welcomed back to the UFC, but perhaps not by coincidence, has been overlooked for a title shot more than once.