I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory. As with any relationship, there are good times and bad times – you have your common ground and your differences. As with any relationship, you have trust. When differences lead to a breach of trust, there’s no turning back and no way to continue a positive, working relationship.
We don’t know the reasons for the split yet, but judging by the fact that in different bodies, the people in the MMA scene would make a perfect group of bitches in a beauty salon, we will probably find out sooner or later. Golden Glory head Bas Boon told CagePotato that he was “taken aback” by the news:
“We regret that after 12 years of working together and friendship has come to an end. I can not really comment on any details as I do not have them myself yet. We don’t air our dirty laundry,” Boon responded via email. “There is a management contract in place and as long as this is honored we are fine with the decision. We wish Alistair much success in his further career.”
So it appears that Overeem may still be bound by the unknown terms of a management contract, although Golden Glory cannot very well force Overeem to stay there for training. Overeem could try to Randy Couture his way out of the contract, but if he did that, Golden Glory could very well send someone to his new home to blow pot smoke in his face until he fails a pre-fight drug test.
This move probably put a characteristic shiteating grin on his new butt buddy Dana White’s face, as White has made it abundantly clear that he believes managers and agents to be unneccessary and an unwelcome presence. All you need is Dana, buddy old pal, he’s the one who puts food on the table. Now just give him all of your auxiliary rights and most of your blood and teeth and he’ll give you a nice locker room bonus.
Dana White also spoke out recently against Golden Glory’s maybe-practice of demanding that they be paid instead of the fighters. Rumor also had it that Golden Glory was demanding an obscene number of cageside seats and first class flights for the entire entourage. The only surprising thing is that this move happened right AFTER Golden Glory negotiated what must be a pretty sweet UFC contract for Overeem and not while Golden Glory and the UFC were publicly at odds. Now we will wait with baited breath to see where Overeem will do his training for the Cock Chestnar fight in December. Hopefully someplace that can maintain his recent pace of “natural growth” from 205 to 260 pounds.