Alistair Overeem has announced that he has separated from his long-time management and fight team Golden Glory.
The news comes just days after Overeem signed a lucrative new deal to fight for the first time in the UFC, with Brock Lesnar set to be his first opponent in a blockbuster headline fight at UFC 141 on December 30th.
The Dutch fighter released a statement on his Twitter account to confirm the news.
“I would like to make a statement regarding the recent news of the separation from my long-time management Golden Glory. 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 Dutch based company were at the heart of a dispute between Overeem and Zuffa which lead to him and several other of the fighters under the same management to be released from the promotion in July.
UFC president Dana White went on record stating that it was Golden Glory’s refusal to allow them to pay their fighters directly and instead have to go through them first that was the reason for his release.
White had insisted that in general he did still have a good relationship with Golden Glory however, and all the parties involved appeared to have resolved their differences since then which lead to Overeem’s new deal with the UFC.
At this stage it’s not clear who will manage the former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 heavyweight champion, but it is believed that, regardless of today’s announcement, Overeem had expressed an interest in moving his camp from the Golden Glory gym in Holland to the U.S.