All of a sudden it’s all roses and puppy dog tails?
Golden Glory is actively in spin control, politically responding to Dana White’s statements, making it abundantly clear Overeem is available exclusively to the UFC if they so desire. Of course he will come with a hefty price tag, hefty. Golden Glory has also found a scape goat to lay all of the blame on, one Scott Coker, CEO of StrikeForce. Nice move Golden Glory. I would say that was a Check move to the UFC’s Knight smothers Queen gambit (chess references make me all excited in my special place).Golden Glory is making all the right moves.
Going after Coker is genius, he’s the one man at Zuffa with absolutely no power. I don’t even think he has his own keys to the office anymore. Arianny Celeste has more power in Zuffa than Coker. Yet, he is public, visible, and most importantly; de clawed. This approach is borderline genius, I’m talking Haliburton genius. Not to be confused with Hannibal Lector genius. Golden Glory offers a plausible excuse to the fans, an olive branch to Dana White/Zuffa, while positioning their fighters into prime contract negotiation territory. I’ve never said Golden Glory was stupid, aggressive, but not stupid. Some moves a business makes fail, others turn it into a fortune 100 company, you don’t know until you try. Golden Glory is the anti M-1. Long term thinking with long term planning, as opposed to long term thinking with short term planning based on greed and leverage. The long term approach sets Golden Glory up big paydays. It also shows other promotions they are a solid company with fighters at the forefront. I for one am impressed.
Golden Glory Release:
“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.”
“The payment was done how the UFC wanted, I do not understand why Danna [sic] claims we did not agree? We did not have a choice and never said we would not fight in the future or that we would refuse to work like this in the future (we worked out that problem with the Zuffa lawyer in the Vancouver and even agreed with their new sponsor policies). Maybe there is a miscommunication and Danna [sic] was not well informed that the direct payment issue was solved and no longer an issue.”
“I introduced Scott through a partner of mine in L.A. to some powerful people in the U.S. (Scott was very surprised after this meeting and exited and mailed me after his meeting with these people how impressed he was). I never could have guessed that at the same moment I was talking to Scott to make a massive move for becoming a real competitor to the UFC, Scott was already talking with the same UFC for selling Strikeforce, I trusted Scott with some business plans. … The problems with Strikeforce was that we made some agreements with Scott which were creating headaches now Zuffa took over.”
The ‘phantom’ agreements (I’m not saying they aren’t real, I’m saying they will never see the light of day) are a particularly nice touch. Just vague enough to be impossible to dispute. Still, with enough meat to satisfy the casual inspection. Chow time! We could actually see Overeem in the UFC at some point. Give Overeem any of the top 5 in the UFC and I’m a happy camper.
Rumble young man Rumble.