News broke last week that Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem was released from Strikeforce. Speculation was all over the place, with rumors ranging from negotiations taking a turn for the worse, to Overeem making the jump to the UFC. Today that speculation should be cleared up, as word has come out that Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo, and Valentijn Overeem, who all train with Alistair Overeem at Golden Glory, have been released from Strikeforce and the UFC.
That's a lot to take in at first glance. Marloes Coenen just lost the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship to Miesha Tate, and was winning the fight on the scorecards before losing via arm triangle in the fourth round at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. Valentijn Overeem, Alistair's brother, is an understandable cut, as he lost to Chad Griggs in the first round of their Strikeforce bout, and is not a high caliber fighter. Jon Olav Einemo was coming off an amazing brawl with Dave Herman at UFC 131, where he lost after an exciting back and forth match. Einemo and Coenen were both quality additions to their divisions, without a doubt.
This is a massive blow to the Golden Glory team, as I'm sure the fighters are none too pleased that their management ended up getting them fired, rather than a nifty new contract, or whatever it was that they were demanding. One has to wonder what happened behind closed doors that called for a move like this, or if it was called for at all? Maybe Dana White went to speak with Vince McMahon on how to handle grudges?