Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and current UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has apparently left his long-time managment, Golden Glory Promotions. The announcement comes after Overeem recently signed a deal with the UFC to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, and after the recent business issues with Zuffa LLC. and Golden Glory.
Overeem announced the move via twitter, stating:
“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. I don’t air my dirty laundry. I would appreciate the respect regarding my privacy to not disclose any further details on this matter. Again, I would like to thank team Golden Glory for all the years we worked together and wish them success for the future.”
Golden Glory executive Bas Boon declined to go into detail with Fighters Only, other than saying “We regret that 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 [and] we don’t air our dirty laundry [in public,].”
One issue that remains is that Boon sees the move as a change in fight camps and not a change in management. Stating that “There is a management contract in place and as long as this is honored we are fine with the decision from Alistair and wish Alistair much success in his further career.” If Overeem were to sign with any other management company at this time it could lead to legal issues for the heavyweight.
Stay tuned to MMAFrenzy for more on this developing story.