After issues over business practices were blamed for the release of Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and three teammates, Golden Glory said Thursday that it wants to continue working with the UFC and Strikeforce, including a deal to bring Overeem to the UFC “if the terms are right”.
“Maybe there is a miscommunication and Dana was not well informed that the direct payment issue was solved,” Golden Glory co-owner Bas Boon said in a statement (via Fighters Only). “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.
“We just want to be able to produce great fighters and create great fights for the fans, we have no intention for Co-promotion deals and are even willing to make an exclusive deal for Alistair Overeem to fight in the UFC, if the terms are right.”
While Golden Glory mends their relationship to the UFC, Boon also vented on former Strikeforce owner Scott Coker with claims that he was in talks with Strikeforce to build a “real competitor to the UFC” while Coker was finalizing Strikeforce’s sale to the UFC.
Overeem, who was released after injuries forced him out of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinals in September, recently said that he still hopes to become UFC champion and fight those ranked above him, including current UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and top contender Junior dos Santos.