ZUFFA releases Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo and Valentijn Overeem

Team Golden Glory head coach Martijn De Jong announced via his Twitter account that Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo and Valentijn Overeem were all released from their contracts with ZUFFA.

Despite the fact that all three fighters are coming off losses in their most recent bouts, it still looks like there’s much more to the story.

Marloes Coenen is widely considered as one of the top Female Pound-for-Pound fighters in the world, while Jon Olav Einemo won Fight of the Night award after his war with “Pee-Wee” Dave Herman. Valentijn Overeem is 1-1 in Strikeforce, with victory over Xtreme Couture‘s Ray Sefo and a TKO loss to Chad Griggs.

Only one week ago, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem was released from his contract, after a disagreement with ZUFFA over a date of his Strikeforce Heavyweight GP semi-final bout with Antonio Silva.

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Thats strange,must have something to do with Overeem because Jon Olav Einemo put on a great performance his last fight even though he lost and the same can be said for Marloes Coenen and she was champ ive never heard of a a former Champ who just lost there belt being cut

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Don’t know what they are up too,but this doesn’t make sense.Is Dana behind this?Is this a fued between Golden Glory and Zuffa?
    Bet ya if Kharitnov loses next round he’ll be out too..

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    That is really messed up in so many levels, you know that Scott Coker had nothing to do with this, this is more likely something that Dana did, it is the way he acts, I still remember when people thought that it was a good thing Zuffa was the owner of Strikeforce, they are slaving the fighters at will now…

    Also you can consider this the death of women´s MMA, Dana has being claiming that there is not enough fighter and then they cut one of the best ones…

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    David Saucier

    August 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Valentijn I can understand, but Coenen, and Einemo does not make any sense at all from the normal way Zuffa deals with fighters. There is def some behind the scene stuff here, It could be that Dana is super pissed at team Golden Glory, or maybe it has something to do with Golden Glory holding there own events, I hope we get more answers, watch out Sergei you may be next.

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    **** dana i now believe he is the devil bloodstain has been warning us about. What a ****ing idiot why the **** would you release JOE after he put on a great fight and marloes coenen! she is a former world champ who lost her belt in a close match until she got subbed. If hes that angry with overeem he needs to take it out on his wife in bed and not with the rest of team golden glory

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    **** me Dana’s brave. If there’s one group of dude’s you don’t wanna wage war on it’s team Golden Glory. Bas is gonna dangedy dangedy dang the Fertitta brothers into next week

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Guys, smell the flowers, Strikefore is shutting down… A wrote a article a couple of weeks ago “The nail in the Coffin” were I said that Overeem “cut” from the tournament only meant Strikeforce was closing…

    - Nick Diaz (IMO the better fighter in SF) signed with the UFC;
    - UFC doesnt want Womens fighting so they didnt signed with Cyborg and now they cut Coenen;
    - They released Overeem after they cutted him from the tournament;
    - Valentjin isnt UFC material so he got the cut as well;
    - Fedor lost again and now is draw power is even smaller;
    - Einemo, although in fight of the Night, lost to a much smaller fighter and didnt displayed the ground game that people thought he could;
    - Dan Henderson is eying a UFC contract even thou he said that he wanted to defend his belt, meaning he knows SF is no more.

    The symptoms only leads to one conclusion: UFC will retain the fighters that they think are worth and they will slowly and systematically cut the rest…

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    its cuz they’re dutch

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    You might’ve hit the nail right on the head there, my friend.

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    HOLY ShIT!!!! now this is some unexpected news!

    do they all have the same manager?

    but its easy to see this is a problem beyond fighting, they have personal issues with each other and i wanna know dam it!!

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Did anyone really think this would be any different than when Zuffa bought Pride FC ? They said everything would be business as usual, just with new owners. It won’t be long before Showtime opts out of the deal with Strikeforce since they won’t be able to put on a decent show.

    Strikeforce was dead the minute Dana White got his hands on it….just like Pride

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Veryyyy suspicious. That coach Mao Zedong must be up to no good… surely there’s no reason for them all to be cut, and it’s more than coincidence that they’re all Golden Glory fighters with the same coach.

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    interesting points but didnt Alistair sign somewhere else?

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Einemo is -undoubtedly- good enough to cut it in the UFC in that mediocre HW division. These cuts are motivated by a combination of the dismantling of Strikeforce, as you mentioned, but with some obvious beef between GG and Zuffa.

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    This is exactly why I can’t stand this man….Dana white has been a dictator for the longest and like I said many times already, MMA will be a lot better once Dana retires, which is probably not going to happen anytime soon. Wow… I feel really bad for Scott Coker because he has become nothing but a UFC – ZUFFA puppet.

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    They SOLD the company. That’s what happens when you sell your company. Nobody put a gun to their heads and forced them to sell.

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    there HAS to be a good reason for all this we will likely have to wait till after UFC 133

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Its so blatently obvious they have`nt been cut through performance issues. Dana`s on a childish powertrip yet again.

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Agreed on most points, but as of yesterday, Cyborg is close to inking a new deal with SF, so the Coenen departure may be more gym related than gender.

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Whatever the reason, there’s no good one !
    Wow realy starting to hate on zuffa and dana, let’s hope other company’s are stepping up !

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Maybe not a gun but maybe a threat in another way. I can see it going in such a way as” Hand it over and get a nice paycheck for the rest of your life or die anyway while we give high offers to anyone that becomes anything with your company”.

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I am really not happy. I really enjoy watching Coenen. I think she has the best skills in womens MMA. I even think it’s rediculous they’re letting overeem go too.

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Alistair that is.

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    They need to form a fighter’s union to combat the Dana tyranny.

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    Keyboard Contender

    August 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Zuffa is like a virus thats infected Strikeforce, its eating the organization up from the inside out, its actually really sick to watch….

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    lol …. welcome to capitalism.

    Maybe communist China can produce an MMA organization more to your liking.

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    overhand right

    August 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I’d say Zuffa got pissed off at how Overeem stood up to them and now they’re setting an example by not only punishing him but also his fight team..

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    August 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    How about a little bit of inbetween would be nice. America promotes equality and fairness too you know. Why be so left or so right why not do what is right?

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    August 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Thats why Unions are a good thing as it evens out the playing field.

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    August 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    This is straight up bullshit! How can this happen!? Please!!!! another organization stand up and compete with this Zuffa crap.

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    August 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    There’s nothing exciting about womens mma. No offense to them and I know they train their asses off but that’s my opinion. Problem is most ppl share my opinion whether u like it or not. I see nothing wrong with cutting her or any other female from Zuffa.

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Now would be a better time than ever to be Bellator.
    They just need an infusion of cash to grab alot of these fighters and a decent TV deal.

    Best Dana video i have ever seen.

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    Billy Tsazar

    August 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Good they all such anyways..I don’t undertanding all this people with lack of false consciousness,Valentjn such ,he only fight because of his famous brother…plus woman’s place is not inside a ring..many think this way only I have the courage to say.and those who want to criticize me feel free to do it….and who’s care about Inemo anyways..? concluded .. they did not cut anybody special…so WHY PEOPLE ARE MAKING A BIG DEAL..?

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    Mike Drahota

    August 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Perhaps these fighters did not deserve to lose their jobs, but if Alistair defended his title more than once in four years and showed some willingness to fight for Strikeforce, maybe they wouldn’t have. Just sayin. Weak it but you know it’s true.

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    The Japanese killed Pride, not Zuffa. Learn your facts man, I’m so tired of people blaming the UFC brass for the demise of Pride, it’s utter nonsense. Do you think they wouldn’t have liked to continue to fill arenas in Japan ten times a year with 40+thousand people?? Ridiculous. Think what you will of Dana White and the Fertittas but you can’t say anything about them being bad businessmen. The Japanese killed Pride with corruption and organised crime.

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    and greed.*

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    August 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

    You have to admit though, Women’s MMA is definately costing more than its raking in. Zuffa’s a bunch of money grubbers, If you aren’t doing them favors, they won’t be doing you any favours. look at Fitch.

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    August 4, 2011 at 12:11 am

    When are you knuckleheads going to get it through your thick skulls? They are trimming the fat because StrikeForce is going bye-bye (wave). Sooner or late there will be no more StrikeForce, just a bigger, badder UFC.

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:13 am


    They are being cut to sign new contracts..

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Maybe the rumors about Overeem were true – I read that the Overeem release was due to management disagreements where Golden Glory insists on being paid directly and then paying their fighters, and UFC insists on paying fighters directly.

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Business as usual

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I will admit they are not my main draw either but I enjoy any real fight. If you don’t watch MMA for skills like she clearly has then what do you watch for? Someone who beats their chest? Someone with a deep voice? In my opinion womens MMA is still MMA just of a lower teir. Do you not like watching amature MMA as well? I love watching fights weather it’s a 5 year old or a 50 year old as long as they are decently good. MMA is MMA no matter who does it and if they are good then what difference does it make if they are female or male, child or grandparent? Are you an MMA fan or just a MAN fan?

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:54 am

    By the way I know Women will never compete with men of equal training and experience just like a Leopard will never compete with a Tiger of equal training and experience in a fight but both fight amazing and both are interesting to watch regardless of a Tigers strength since it’s really the mastery of Cats in general that is the most fantastic part. Thats why you get Tiger fans who look down on Lion or Leopard fans as inferior fans because they don’t have their eyes set on what matters and that is they all kick as*. I don’t think the lack of interest of womens MMA is associated with the fans so much as the lack of interest in women to take up MMA.

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Dana White is a racist cause he hates dutch people, im dutch and i take offence to this

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Yeah right Dana, you can’t just treat fighters like that i mean they probably got mad about Overeem and decided to punish the whole golden glory team, this sucks real bad man

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:37 am

    This is bullshit all these great fighters get cut and yet Zuffa gave Gabe Ruediger a second chance. So much for “business as usual”.

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:44 am

    What you stated is Zuffa’s version of events. Yes , everyone knew of the Mob issues surrounding Pride. That was influence and control they had over the owners of Pride. Can you elaborate on how that influence and control was transfered to Zuffa after the sale?

    I don’t dislike Dana White or the Fertitas. They are obviously very good businessmen. Dana White has done great things to advance the sport.
    The fighters and fans have both benefited from his involvement.
    However , it is quite clear that Zuffa wants a monopoly on MMA.
    Good business decision ,but bad for fans and fighters.

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:45 am

    It doesn’t make any sense cutting Einemo and Coenen, but to cut all these GG fighters at the same time including Overeem proves that the GG mangement wanting to be paid directly rumour must be true. It just sucks that the fighters have to suffer for being managed poorly. If i was one of these guys i would be real pissed at my management team, they’ve just f**ked up the best paydays in their careers…….

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Honestly a union would be stupid, especially for an individual sport like MMA. Anderson Silva would be making the same kind of money as a newcomer. Plus these are fighters we’re talking about. They chose to do this for a living, its not like they’re helping out the community by fighting for a living. They aren’t police officers or farmers. If they can’t make it as a fighter, tough luck. They can find a job like most of us.

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    Rory Kernaghan

    August 4, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Can anyone remember the quote ‘Business as usual’ when zuffa bought SF. This is Pride part 2: The death of strikeforce. watch out bellator

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    August 4, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Absolutely agree about the lower tier comment. I watch for the reasons u write, I just don’t want to pay for some lower tier fight that I’ll have little interest to begin with.

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    August 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I would want to know why ZUFFA did this. Hopefully this question will be brought to Dana White this weekend by someone like Ariel.

    I guess more fighters for Bellator, DREAM (if they can get their act together) and the upcoming ONE FC.

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    August 4, 2011 at 6:29 am

    i think the picture with overeem holding the belt putting it on coenen has something to do with this

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    GianGiacommo G

    August 4, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I can see the Valentijm cut,he’s a bum,but Olav and Coenen? **** ZUFFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    August 4, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Zuffa is boycotting Golden Glory because they are trying to get paid by the UFC, rather then the UFC paying the fighters directly…. GOLDEN GLORY is the “tyrant” in this case. get the facts straight

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    August 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Ford Motor Company consists of Ford/Lincoln/Mercury/Jaguar. Chrysler is made up of Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Fiat. They’re competitors.

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    August 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Remy Bonjansky, Overeem Bros., and Melvin Manhoef were white?

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    August 4, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Reading that 5 times reminded me of Family Guy’s “Bob’s wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man emporium” bit.

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Again, the most bare-bones arguement i can make against what you’re saying is if I only address one thing that is wrong with your theory: Please explain to me how it is a good business move for Zuffa to NOT hold ten 40+thousand attended arena shows in Japan? It’s not like they filled the void with UFC shows in Japan, there are just that many fewer fights a year. If they could have kept selling hundreds of thousands of tickets a year in Japan, I’m pretty sure they would have ;)

    The version of the events that most people have come to understand about the demise of Pride isn’t the Zuffa version, it’s the pieced together version based on stories from fighters and managers, former employees, the book that was published in Japan last year, all kinds of stuff. There are other aspects too completely outside of the purchase, things that happened before Zuffa wrote the cheque. Do you know about Red Devil Fight Club breaking away from Russian Top Team in order to skirt contract responsibilities so Fedor could fight on the Inoki Bombaya! card? Or how and why Pride lost their broadcasting deal in Japan and couldn’t get television coverage? Again, like i said, learn the facts.

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    August 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I hear what you’re saying and good point.

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