Golden Glory does business a bit different.
Dana White told reporters the reason Golden Glory fighters were released was due to business issues.
“This is actually a pretty simple explanation,” he said. “If you look back throughout history, we haven’t had any Golden Glory guys fight with us since Semmy Schilt, right? And the reason is we have very different business practices. It’s tough to do business with them. The bottom line is the way they do business is, you have to pay them, not the fighters. We don’t work that way. It’s not the way we do business. It’s not how it works in the United States with the athletic commissions. You don’t pay the managers and the managers pay the fighters. You pay the fighters and the fighters pay the managers.”
White went on to say that while they had previously honored existing Strikeforce deals, it became apparent Golden Glory management wouldn’t change their long-held practices.
“They won’t do it,” he said. “We have to pay them, not the fighters.”
While White said when they brought in Einemo, Golden Glory gave in to Zuffa’s request, it was apparently a onetime only change. Asked if for example, Zuffa would bring back Coenen if they once again played by Zuffa’s rules, White shook his head.
“They don’t and they won’t,” he said.
“The reality is, we’re trying to work out deals with these guys and they won’t do it,” White said. “They said you absolutely can’t pay the fighters, you have to pay us. And it’s pretty simple to look back and see that the last guy who fought in UFC was Semmy Schilt. There was a reason for that.”
Business issues, hmmm, business issues. How utterly strange, the Golden Glory team was let go over business issues. Real business issues. So it was a business decision. Hmmm. Business.
Rumble young man Rumble.