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Golden Glory Leader Believes His Fighters Will Return To Zuffa Soon

The signing of Alistair Overeem to the UFC should open a door for fellow Golden Glory fighters to return, says leader Bas Boon.

Due to contract issues, Zuffa – the parent company of both the UFC and Strikeforce – released Overeem, his brother Valentijn, Marloes Coenen and Jon Olav Einemo.

Now, with “The Reem” inked to a UFC contract, it would seem that the bridge has been repaired between the two sides.

“I think it opened the doors again for all Golden Glory athletes as they deserve,” Boon told

Current Strikeforce fighter Sergei Kharitonov was the lone Golden Glory member to not be released. He fights in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix this Saturday in the main event. vs. Josh Barnett.

Coenen is the only other released fighter to have signed for work, as she inked a deal with Black Eye promotions and is expected to fight for them in early 2012.

Speaking earlier this week, Overeem said he believed that Einemo would soon be back in the UFC.

Boon said no time table has been reached for when any of his fighters may begin negotiating with either the UFC or Strikeforce.