There’s a new update to the Alistair Overeem / Golden Glory / UFC trifecta of annoyingness, and it’s actually somewhat positive sounding! Golden Glory guy Bas Boon has released a statement that seems pretty damned concilliatory. He also reveals what is probably the real reason the UFC spazzed out and fired everyone: business dealings that would have made Golden Glory a competitor to the UFC.
Behind the scene I was preparing a great deal for corporation between Strikeforce, Dream, K-1 and Glory to do something great together with Scott ( this included a tv channel and footage deal). I introduced Scott thru a partner of mine in LA to some powerful people in the US (Scott was very surprised after this meeting and exited and mailed me after his meeting with these people how impressed he was). I never could have guessed that at the same moment I was talking to Scott to make a massive move for becoming a real competitor to the UFC, Scott was already talking with the same UFC for selling Strikeforce.
Anyway we regret the response from Zuffa and the releases, but it is their company and they can do what they want, we would like to keep working in the future with the UFC and with this statement I cleary say that direct payment to any of our fighter was not a problem and will not be a problem in the future.
The TL;DR of all this is Golden Glory will happily take payment however Zuffa wants, would like Alistair Overeem in the UFC if the price is right (and are even willing to sign an exclusive contract), and wants to continue working with Zuffa so their fighters can compete in the UFC and Strikeforce.
As for whether they’re backing off on those plans to start throwing events in the US … no clear word yet. And that’s the big question right there. You’ll remember the flame out between Affliction and the UFC as soon as the UFC heard Affliction was planning on throwing some events. Yeah. The UFC isn’t interested in helping anyone make money that could then be used to compete against them.