In what came as big surprise, a number of Golden Glory-managed fighters were released from Strikeforce this week, including Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and recently dethroned women’s welterweight champ Marloes Coenen.
UFC president Dana White explained the reasoning for the mass release, telling MMAJunkie.com that it came down to the particular way by which Golden Glory fighters receive their payments.
“The Golden Glory guys told us, ‘You’re going to pay us.'” White said. “We said, ‘No, we’re not. We’re paying the fighters directly. We’re not going to do that. We don’t want that. It’s not the way we do business. It’s not how it works in the U.S. You don’t pay the manager and the manager pays the fighter. You pay the fighter, and the fighter pays the manager.”
According to White, the fighters were let go in concern for their own fair treatment and for Golden Glory’s refusal to accept the payment regulations laid out by the state athletic commissions.
“I’m pro-fighter,” White said. “I’m not pro-manager. The fighters go out and earn the money. They get the check. What they decide to do with it from there on out is up to them. I have nothing against these fighters. I have nothing against Golden Glory. The commissions are there to make sure there are never any bounced checks. We’re required to do business a certain way, and we have no choice but to comply.”
That’s all well and good, but Marloes Coenen is calling BS.
Coenen Tweeted the following message accompanied by a picture of her most recent paycheck — which she was given following her fight with Meisha Tate last weekend at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson — which was made payable to no one other than Coenen herself.
“@danawhite hurts me 2 hear things about my management that are not true. #Ibelieveinthetruth #proof”
Curioser and curioser. If it’s not a payment discrepancy, then why did so many Golden Glory fighters lose their spots on Zuffa’s roster?