Fighters changing management in MMA happens almost as often as sponsors changing on fight shorts.
With that said, new UFC heavyweight contender and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has been with his management team for several years, and it also happens to be the fight team he trains with.
It appears that relationship has ended.
Overeem has split with his management at Team Golden Glory, releasing a statement via Twitter on Tuesday.
“I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory,” Overeem wrote. “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.”
Golden Glory has worked with Overeem for several years, and while details remain in the dark, it appears for now the Dutchman has moved on and will be working with a new management team.
Team Golden Glory works with several top name fighters, including former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen and former UFC heavyweight Jon Olav Einemo.
The team came into the spotlight just a few months ago after a disagreement arose when they began dealing with Zuffa after the company acquired Strikeforce. Team Golden Glory representatives wanted to have payment sent directly to them by the promotion and they would in turn pay the athletes.
Zuffa wasn’t planning on bending on their rules of paying the fighters directly, so all of the Golden Glory fighters under contract that could be cut were promptly released. Weeks later, Overeem was able to negotiate a new deal with the UFC and he now faces former champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in December.
Overeem chose not to go into detail as to why he split with his management team, which is headed up by Golden Glory chief Bas Boon, but he is clearly moving on.
“I would like to thank team Golden Glory for all the years we worked together and wish them success for the future,” Overeem wrote.
The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion did not announce a new manager or management team that he would be working with from here on out.