Following just one fight in the UFC which earned Fight of the Night honors, Norwegian grappling ace Jon Olav Einemo was released from the UFC.
Though he lost his promotional debut against Dave Branch at UFC 131, he put on a hell of a show and did not turn in a cut-worthy performance. Unfortunately, his performance had nothing to do with why he got cut, as he was let go – along with several of his teammates competing under the Strikeforce banner – as a result of his management. Einemo’s management team, Golden Glory, insisted upon receiving fighter payments directly, a practice which is in direct opposition to the UFC’s policy of paying fighters straight up and then letting them pay their own management. With those issues now resolved, Einemo has been welcomed back into the UFC fold.
When asked at today’s UFC 135 pre-fight presser if Einemo were back in the UFC, UFC president Dana White responded, “He is, but I don’t know when he’ll fight.”
CagePotato.com spoke with Golden Glory’s Bas Boon today, who revealed that middleweight Siyar Bahadurzada will likely be joining his teammate in signing with the UFC.
“John Olaf Einemo is now back with the UFC and Siyar Bahadurzada just got offered a UFC contract,” Boon told CagePotato.
Einemo is regarded as one of the world’s best pure grapplers. He made his UFC debut after taking some five years off of MMA competition and holds an overall record of 6-2.