In a surprising turn of events, Strikeforce and interim DREAM heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has announced that he has decided to part ways with Golden Glory, the Dutch kickboxing squad that has managed the K-1 champion for over a decade.
Overeem announced his plans via his Twitter account earlier today. The news comes just a week and a half after Overeem signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC.
"I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory," Overeem stated. "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."
The 31-year-old, who will make his UFC debut against former title holder Brock Lesnar in December, hasn't suffered a loss in his last 11 outings. He most recently earned a three-round unanimous decision over Fabricio Werdum in a Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout in June, prior to exiting the tournament due to injury.
Along with his former Golden Glory mates Jon Olav Einemo and Marloes Coenen, Overeem was released from his Zuffa contract over the summer, only to ink a new deal under the UFC banner on September 6.
An attempt to reach Golden Glory head Bas Boon by MMA on Tap for a comment was unsuccessful as of this afternoon.
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