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Golden Glory Head Bas Boon Sheds More Light on Recent UFC and Strikeforce Firings

(Imagine getting into a bar fight with these guys?)

The head of Golden Glory, Bas Boon released a press release Thursday that further explained some of the behind the scenes happenings that may have led to the recent sudden firings of Team Golden Glory fighters Alistair Overeem, Marloes Coenen, John Olav Einemo.

According to Boon, he was working hand-in-hand with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker to form strategic partnerships with a number of organizations like K-1 and DREAM and had been involved in meetings with television networks with Coker in an effort to make the promotion a viable competitor to the UFC. Unbeknownst to Boon, while he was making connections and setting up these meetings, Coker was already in talks with Zuffa about selling the struggling promotion.

It’s not unforeseeable that when Coker informed the UFC that Boon had been instrumental in Strikeforce making a full-court press at competing with them, that they took umbrage with his effort to aid the competition.

Another interesting tidbit Boon dropped in the statement was that Golden Glory had made arrangements, with the help of the UFC, for its fighters to be paid directly by Zuffa/Forza and for them to cash their checks in the U.S. prior to returning back to Holland, where it takes between six and eight business days for their money to clear. According to UFC president Dana White, Golden Glory refused to allow its fighters to be paid directly, which was the reason he says they cut ties with the likes of Alistair Overeem, John Olav Einemo and Marloes Coenen.

Check out the full release below.


First of all we would like to thank all the support of the fans.

 The Golden Glory management discussed before coming to the US about the payment situation and it was agreed to speak with a Zuffa lawyer about this in Vancouver, to find a solution.

There was a contract in place and Golden Glory and Einemo honored the UFC rules including getting the check [in] the fighter’s name (Einemo showed his check in the gym as well which was [in] his name and Alistair and Valentijn also confirmed their payment was done by check in their name. The Zuffa lawyer explained that the fighters could open an account at a bank [where] the UFC did their banking and the check would clear in only two days instead of 6 weeks [to] 8 weeks (that’s how long it takes to clear a check in a foreign country, which was also an issue for some of the fighters) and they could then transfer the amount to the final destination [of] their choice. They were thankful and did this.

The reason that the Golden Glory management company is doing this business for the GG fighters for over 12 years with payment directly to the management company is for the benefit of the fighters, coaches and trainers are paid on time and the management company will take care of [bookkeeping] and taxes and exchange rates and legal help for the fighters.

We have many fighters from many different parts of the world and also have gyms in Berlin, Germany, Liverpool, England, Pattaya, Thailand, California, USA, Bucharest, Romania, Moscow, Russia and three gyms in Holland. Golden Glory is growing on an international level and we are working with one management company to coordinate these businesses.

 Fighters only sign agreements with promoters if coaches, trainers, management and the fighter agree with the terms, regardless to whom the payment will be done.

 The Strikeforce situation was different.

Behind the scenes I was preparing a great deal for corporation between Strikeforce, DREAM, K-1 and Glory to do something great together with Scott [Coker] (this included a TV channel and footage deal). I introduced Scott [through] a partner of mine in LA to some powerful people in the US (Scott was very surprised after this meeting and [texted] and [emailed] me after his meeting with these people how impressed he was). I never could have guessed that at the same moment I was talking to Scott to make a massive move for becoming a real competitor to the UFC, Scott was already talking with the same UFC for selling Strikeforce.

Scott told me that he had partners and that there were financial difficulties with Strikeforce and any new TV or other deal they would welcome. As I am a producer as well (produced more then 1000 hour of fighting content and also made tons of other deals for promoters like the K-1 live broadcasting on the Dutch TV Channel SBS6) I trusted Scott with some business plans as I knew Scott from the time he was a promoter for K-1 and we all wanted to move forward in the fight business.

Scott convinced me to start working with Strikeforce, we always had a better deal in Japan and Europe, but as K-1 was having a lot of difficulties and Scott giving us all the terms we wanted, we started taking steps to do more and more business with Strikeforce.

 The problem with Strikeforce was that we made some agreements with Scott, which was creating headaches now [that] Zuffa took over.

The fighters were paid in the previous Strikeforce bouts to an account of the management without any problems, yet UFC claimed this was impossible. Then the fighters were [losing] sponsors as the UFC took over Strikeforce as they implemented their new rules. [Their view was that] if you can sponsor the fighter you should sponsor the organization first. I understand this from a business point of few, but some companies can’t [afford] to pay 100K or more to an organization. And some fighters getting 5 or 10K in sponsorship is [where] they actually can make some good money. We just wanted the things as they were before, but it was far from what it was before. The payment was done how the UFC wanted and again we agreed and did the same as in Vancouver, so that matter was solved so I do not understand why Danna claims we did not agree? We did not have a choice and never said we would not fight in the future or that we would refuse to work like this in the future (we worked out that problem with the Zuffa lawyer in the Vancouver and even agreed with their new sponsor policies). Maybe there is a miscommunication and [Dana] was not well informed that the direct payment issue was solved and no longer an issue as I myself have been in and out hospital for two weeks because of heath issues (the reason why this press release is so late).

Anyway we regret the response from Zuffa and the releases, but it is their company and they can do what they want. We would like to keep working in the future with the UFC and with this statement I [clearly] say that direct payment to any of our fighter was not a problem and will not be a problem in the future. We just want to be able to produce great fighters and create great fights for the fans. We have no intention for co-promotion deals and are even willing to make an exclusive deal for Alistair Overeem to fight in the UFC, if the terms are right.

Team Golden Glory

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Dynamo- August 12, 2011 at 9:34 am
Dana just making excuses as usual. Not the first time and definitely won't be the last. Same thing with Nick, talked all this crap how it can't happen while negotiating with Cesar. After coming to terms with Gracie camp and giving him a direct shot at GSP he thought, well, if I make him vacate the SF title it's not exactly what I said so good enough. I'll just say I meant you'll never see SF vs UFC title match.
Todd M- August 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm
@ccman Agreed,
I know Dana White is not the most reasonable man in the world but it seems to me like Bas was trying to sell something Dana wasn't buying. This press release just seems like team GG finally know where they stand and are trying to make right.
ccman- August 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Did we all learn nothing from rocky 5? Cuz see it happened cuz. I didn't have no manager!.
And sorry buy my translation goes "we agreed and somebody didn't tell dana... but our firm stance was actually a pretty loose one, we didn't mean it and I didn't say it cuz I was sick (bonus points?) PLEASE DON'T FIRE US EVEN AS WE WWERE BACKDOOR TRYING TO CONGLOMERATE, COKER DID IT..IT WAS ALL COKER......"
RwilsonR- August 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Well, see...... the management at Golden Glory only wants the checks sent in their name instead of to the fighters so that they can help them. They don't want fighters to have to worry about those pesky annoyances like taxes, exchange rates, or bookkeeping. And if an athlete can't trust their management to put all of their money in their management's name, then who can they trust? It isn't like there are any instances in sports history where athletes have ever been ripped off by their managers. Putting all of your money in your manager's name so you don't have to stress about the details sounds like a perfectly reasonable way to handle this.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

NinjaVanish- August 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Im getting pretty sick of these management teams deciding because they have a guy under them who has serious potential or a belt, they need to stick their dick in every aspect of a promotion and basically try to cement themselves in. Then they get pissed when their guy underperforms and try to say they made the promotion everything it is. If GG is so badass they should have no problem running their own events. M-1 anyone?
j-k-martin- August 11, 2011 at 11:57 am
I’m glad they are willing to work it out. I want to see Overeem in the UFC.
ReX13- August 11, 2011 at 11:15 am
The conciliatory tone is encouraging, at least.
Sloppyspray- August 11, 2011 at 11:05 am
Well someone's full of shit, whether it be Golden Glory or Dana White.

But all the Dana White fans who were saying "Well if they just agree to have their fighters get paid then they will be in the UFC/Strikeforce" lets see if that happens now that the GG management publicly said that the fighters can get paid directly.

My bet is Dana White will come up with some other reason.
WarpedAcorn- August 11, 2011 at 10:34 am
His name was Josh.
Fried Taco- August 11, 2011 at 10:29 am
Ever see that guy nobody at the party likes, but he just doesn't realize it? And he doesn't seem to pick up on the subtle hints?