Dana White took some time out from promoting UFC 133 and announcing the departure of Fedor Emelianenko to explain why Zuffa also fired nearly every Golden Glory fighter in their organizations. According to him, all this isn’t vindictive retaliation for Alistair Overeem refusing to play ball. It’s all because of a strange quirk in how Golden Glory accepts payments:
“This is actually a pretty simple explanation. If you look back throughout history, we haven’t had any Golden Glory guys fight with us since Semmy Schilt, right? And the reason is we have very different business practices,” White said. “It’s tough to do business with them. The bottom line is the way they do business is, you have to pay them, not the fighters. We don’t work that way. It’s not the way we do business. It’s not how it works in the United States with the athletic commissions.
“You don’t pay the managers and the managers pay the fighters. You pay the fighters and the fighters pay the managers.”
White had hopes of a change in the way Golden Glory does business, but it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen.
“They don’t do it,” White said. “We have to pay them, not the fighters.”
This is where I wished we had someone in the media with the balls to stand up and say “That’s the stupidest crap I’ve ever heard.” But I guess there’s no point in doing that and risking excommunication from the Church of Zuffa. Instead, you can just report what you’ve heard behind the scenes like the constantly correct MMA Junkie did:
Multiple sources have said the cut arose when Golden Glory attempted to hustle a better contract from Zuffa for Overeem, who was due to serve the final fight of his Strikeforce contract in the semifinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix before withdrawing due to a toe injury.
Silly Golden Glory, thinking they had leverage. Dana has the biggest lever ever, and it’s called ‘Fuck you.’ He can lift the goddamn world with that thing.