Golden Glory pays it’s fighters wrong

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.

  • Symbul

    Negotiating with Forza, LLC isn’t quite the same ride as bending Uncle Coker over a board room table and corndogging him every time he wants a fight out of you.

    Still, awful PR though it was I’m sure the meatheads and casuals who care enough to find out will buy Dana’s awful BS line.

  • agentsmith

    Well this cuts a big chunk out of an article that I’m already 99% done…

  • SST

    This contradicts Coker’s statement about not enough TV spots for these fighters.

  • frickshun

    ^^HAHAHAHa!! You’re underappreciated.

  • Billytk

    I know Dana’s trying to feed everyone this BS about the issue being that GG wants to be paid directly rather then the fighters paying them etc. but since Marloes Coenen posted proof that the fighters are the ones paid directly not GG how can anyone give any credence to Dana’s BS on this subject it’s pretty clear that this is all about his ego and vindictiveness

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    Replace the words “Golden Glory” with “Don King” and then ask yourself if paying managers direct instead of fighters sounds like a good idea.

    I don’t see the problem with Zuffa fighting to keep everything about their organization level, ensuring that no fighter, management team, training camp/gym, or sponsor gets special treatment.

  • iamphoenix

    i’m already tired of this story. did anyone not see my ‘shopped coenon check for 37 billion dollars? i mean, zuffa paid her 37 billion dollars omahgawwd wank wank fart noise

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    This sorta seems like they tried to leverage their entire team against Uber getting to stay in K1.

    but since Marloes Coenen posted proof that the fighters are the ones paid directly not GG how can anyone give any credence to Dana’s BS on this subject

    So someone asking for something in negotiations is dis-proven because they haven’t gotten it yet?

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