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Exclusive: Alistair Overeem Announces Split From Golden Glory; Bas Boon Responds to Situation

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem made a shocking announcement via Twitter today that he has decided to part ways with his longtime team and management at Golden Glory, citing “differences that [led] to a breach of trust” as the cause of the split. Although he didn’t mention any one incident, it’s likely that the recent rift between Golden Glory and Zuffa that saw Overeem and a handful of his teammates including former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen and former UFC heavyweight John Olaf Einemo released within a week of one another was at least part of the reason for his departure from the Dutch kickboxing-based team.

“I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory. As with any relationship, there are good times and bad times – you have your common ground and your differences. As with any relationship, you have trust,” Overeem wrote. “When differences lead to a breach of trust, there’s no turning back and no way to continue a positive, working relationship. I don’t air my dirty laundry. I would appreciate the respect regarding my privacy to not disclose any further details on this matter. Again, I would like to thank team Golden Glory for all the years we worked together and wish them success for the future.”

“The Demolition Man,” who taped a cameo appearance in California recently for LMFAO’s latest video has been stateside for the past few weeks. In a recent interview he told MiddleEasy that he was visiting a number of U.S. cities and was deciding whether or not a move to New York, Hollywood or Miami was in the cards. The problem with joining a team like Kings MMA and American Kickboxing Academy is that past and potential future opponents like Fabricio Werdum and Daniel Cormier train at those respective California-based facilities. With the recent departure of Junior dos Santos, Black House could be a good fit as would American Top Team, considering its lack of heavyweight contenders he may one day have to face. Either gym would make sense as long as he has enough suitable training partners his size at one of the locations.

When contacted for comment prior to the release of the statement by Overeem after we received word earlier this morning that the announcement was imminent, Golden Glory head,Bas Boon, who was taken aback by the news that his longtime protegee was moving on, had the following to say about the situation:

“We regret that after 12 years of working together and friendship has come to an end. I can not really comment on any details as I do not have them myself yet. We don’t air our dirty laundry,” Boon responded via email. “There is a management contract in place and as long as this is honored we are fine with the decision. We wish Alistair much success in his further career.”

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AussieJosh- September 22, 2011 at 3:37 am
I could also see him joing GSP's camp up in Canada! That camp has also a number of good kickboxers, and Alister would be use to the cold already.
ajaykumar- September 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm
Wait. Junior Dos Santos has left Black House? Who is he training with now?
Engineering Ebooks
Todd M- September 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm
^ Ha, No Homer's GOLD, This is interesting, if Reem can join a quality MMA camp he will impove more in this sport than he would at GG. Also GG fighters have not been called up to the KI WGP this year, this might be the start of an exodus from Bas' boys
The Highest Primate- September 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm
Does The Reem even give a shit about fighting teammates? He comes from Golden Glory where they beat the absolute shit out of each other on the regular.. Seems like bullshit to rule out great camps because they already have heavyweights. Its like that Simpsons episode with the "No Homers" club.. theyre allowed to have one..
irish brawler- September 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm
mitrione was at roufus sport but i think he moved to extreme couture recently. i could see xtreme couture being a good fit for him, however i think brock is assosciated with couture in a small way. and if he goes to roufus sport, pat barry is assosciated with them, and barry also trained with brock/deathclutch for his last fight... sooooo i basically just talked myself in a big circle. the reems striking would probably reach new heights at roufus but he needs to go somewhere like extreme couture or aka to work on wrestling. but then theres cain being at aka...
amsterdamheavy- September 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Mitrione is at Rufusport and so is Pat Barry if Im not mistaken,
RwilsonR- September 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm
He's obviously going to train with the original Lion's Den. Ken-Sham will be his new manager.
XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm
I see, my bad about the Reem in the UFC. I remember when he lost to Chuck, and had thought that was a UFC event. Thanks for the help.
Sloppyspray- September 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm
@ the glza - isn't Pat Barry associated with roufussport?

Perfect plan right here...Reem takes out Lesnar. Lesnar asks Reem to train with him. Lesnar goes hunting everyday for horses. Reem eats the horses. They live happily ever after. The End.
the glza- September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm
roufusport fighters have become famous for their innovative techniques -- with reem's base in traditional kickboxing, i woulda figured roufusport would be a great choice to use his natural striking abilities in new ways.

i think the only roufus heavy is ben rothwell which is easily a non-issue when climbing up the ufc hw ladder. maybe i don't understand the scene because i'm not a fighter but it doesn't seem so laughable to me...
Richard Fitzentite- September 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Overeem-I just found out that Golden Glory as been raping me financially for years. I'm too embarassed to admit it so don't ask me about it.

Boon-I have no idea how he found out that we are stealing money from him. We are still under contract so I will continue to jack cash from him until that runs out.
Tai-Pan- September 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Greg Jackson's?
FrontKick Dentist- September 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Reem will definitely train in horse country and the sudden decrease in the the herd will be blamed on coyotes.
intercept440- September 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm
xeno . no. reem has never been in the ufc
intercept440- September 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm
why speculate? he will go back to holland to train initially, then he will find a good gym, that has HUGE talent pool..
im sure he will join someplace with big names and big talent
Me likey- September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm
seriously doubt he would go to cesar gracie. he has too much class.
XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm
I thought Reem had fought in the UFC before years I ago, maybe I got that wrong?
XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm
@the glza
Why roufusport?
KarmaAteMyCat- September 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Roufus sport Wow you really said that? Reem has connections in Cali it isn't happening. Maybe he'll goto Alliance or Cesar Gracie I dunno we'll see but not Rofus sport thats for sure. most exciting fighter in the division.. God that shit made me laugh not to mention Why would he join a GYM where he'd have to probably fight training Partners..
KarmaAteMyCat- September 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm
By returning you mean finally JOINING the UFC?
the glza- September 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm
roufusport all the way. that combination would make reem the most exciting fighter in the division.
Me likey- September 20, 2011 at 11:51 am
u can pretty much guarantee the first gym he goes to has him concentrating on the ground and cardio. the only problem with him moving to the us is the availibility of horsemeat.
XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 11:43 am
The obvious is the UFC went shopping to grab Reem, and orchestrated a swindle of their StrikeFarce talent.
The Reem is no fool, and saw there would be bigger paydays and more prestige returning to the UFC.
Most interesting or telling part that story was this comment from Boon when he responded via email.
“There is a management contract in place and as long as this is honored we are fine with the decision."
It appears Golden Glory will continue to be paid some commission or earn-out until their contract has been exhausted with Reem.
Mike Russell- September 20, 2011 at 10:48 am
"As part of Black House he trained alongside Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and there may have been tension between them, as both want the heavyweight title.

Recently Nogueira made the following comments, which could indicate he and Dos Santos didn’t see eye-to-eye all the time.

“I root so much for Cigano. The boy deserves the belt. We’re a team but I still intend to look for the title again. I received the green signal from the doctors so I had no reason to postpone my comeback,” he said.

Dos Santos recently said that in his opinion, returning to action in August was too soon for Nogueira, and that he should take longer to rest and prepare after his extensive surgeries.

“I have to disagree with Junior. I am a professional fighter and make my living fighting… doctors and my physical therapist gave me the guarantee that I can perform,” he said, referring to his recent hip surgeries.

Dos Santos has already disappeared from the roster of fighters at"
Spitting into the wind- September 20, 2011 at 10:44 am
Wait. Junior Dos Santos has left Black House? Who is he training with now?
I just thought he got rid of your mano as his mr manager.