In a surprising move, Strikeforce and Zuffa have decided to part ways with three members of Alistair Overeem’s Dutch camp in Marloes Coenen, John Einemo and Valentijn Overeem.
Alistair Overeem’s coach, Martijn de Jong of Golden Glory, posted the information on his Twitter account Wednesday.
“I am very disappointed to let you know that Marloes Coenen, John Einemo and Valentijn Overeem have been cut from Strikeforce (and the) UFC,” de Jong said.
The news comes just days after Strikeforce dismissed heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem from its roster after he stated he would not be able to compete in September in the heavyweight tournament. Overeem claimed a toe injury would keep him out, but he has signed with United Glory World Series to fight in October in Russia.
The release of Coenen is the most shocking of the three, as she just fought this past Saturday, dropping the Strikeforce 135-pound title to Miesha Tate.
Coenen had went 3-2 in the company and is 19-5 for her 10-year career. The 30-year-old is regarded as one of the top women’s submission fighters in the world.
Both Einemo and Valentijn Overeem, the older brother of Alistair, lost their last bouts, as Einemo fell to Dave Herman at UFC 131, and Overeem tapped to punches against Chad Griggs in June.
The only member of Team Golden Glory still under contract by Zuffa is Sergei Kharitonov, who takes parts in the heavyweight Grand Prix on September 10 against Josh Barnett.