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Bas Rutten Presents The Other Side Of The Overeem-Golden Glory Story

To hear former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem tell it, his split with longtime training and management team Golden Glory came about as a result of a breach of trust, of GG head Bas Boon’s deceitful inclusion of disadvantageous clauses into Overeem’s contract.

Dutch MMA legend Bas Rutten tells it differently though, explaining to Paul Lazenby recently that The Reem’s trainers left him after the fighter attempted to renegotiate their long-standing payment agreement upon being signed to a more lucrative deal with the UFC.

“It’s a money thing. He simply doesn’t want to pay the people who made him,” said Bas. “When he lost three fights in a row…well, like pretty much 5, I mean, he lost, won, lost three times in a row, won, and lost again…and nobody wanted to have him. …

“[Golden Glory trainers Cor Hemmers and Martin de Jong] put him back on track, they GAVE him all those skills, they were there from the beginning, and they build him to become the fighter he is now. So for a fighter to go in and trying to renegotiate the 10% trainer’s fee is just absurd. Ask ANY trainer who has made a fighter from scratch if he would think that’s good. Please let me know if you can find ONE person. …

“But once a fighter has it in his head that he is being screwed, people around him fuel those thoughts. They say: ‘Yeah, don’t pay 30% to the trainers, management and sparring partners. YOU made them, not the other way around.’ And these are people who weren’t there when Alistair had his bad streak, the 5 losses in 7 fights. No, a bunch of these guys showed up when he started winning. …

“The last thing I say about this: Alistair never complained before about the 30%. NEVER. Because he knew what [Golden Glory] did for him. And now when he makes it big, now suddenly it’s too much? Now suddenly they don’t deserve that? That’s ‘Scrooge stuff’ right there.

“And you know what? He didn’t make this money yet, he has to win first, and now he stepped up in the competition. The guys he beat were all let go from the UFC, which means they lost there, and now he has to fight the guys who beat his old opponents. What will he do without a team as strong as Golden Glory, who did everything for him? When everything settles down, when he starts reminiscing about the good things, and starts thinking about stuff like I just wrote about, well, good luck with the fight preparation.”

To check out Rutten’s full conversation with Lazenby (and you really should), click here.