UFC President Dana White says talks between Zuffa and recently-released Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem are progressing.
“We’re talking,” White said Saturday night after UFC 134. “You guys know how the whole thing went down. Golden Glory was in this position where we couldn’t do business, and they changed their position, which I respect. Now we can do business.”
Overeem (35-11) was part of the released Golden Glory fighters that Zuffa cut due to how money was exchanged between UFC, Strikeforce, the fighters and the management.
“We’re never going to be in a situation where we pay managers and not fighters,” White said. “We pay fighter. Fighters pay managers. We’re never going to be in that situation, no matter who the guy is.
“Look how many guys from team Black House fight in the UFC. If tomorrow, they said, ‘Hey, listen – you’ve got to pay us and not the fighters,’ we’re going to be in the same situation. It’s not going to happen.”
White was unsure if Overeem would compete in Strikeforce or the UFC if he does resign.
“We’ll see,” White told MMAJunkie.com. “We’ll see what happens.”