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Following Alistair Overeem, Three more Golden Glory fighters cut by ZUFFA


Just five days after releasing the Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem, ZUFFA, LLC has apparently released three more Golden Glory fighters today. According to Golden Glory head coach Martijn de Jong, former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen, Strikeforce’s Valentijn Overeem and the UFC’s Jon Olav Einemo were all released today.

“I am very disappointed to let you know that @MarloesCoenen @JohnEinemo and Valentijn Overeem have been cut from @Strikeforce @ufc,” de Jong tweeted.

The news comes on the heels of the biggest Golden Glory fighter, Alistair Overeem being removed from the Strikeforce Heavyweight tournament and released on Friday. Now three more fighters from the same camp as Overeem have been released out of nowhere and the MMA community is left to wonder, what’s really going on here?

Confusion and speculation is running rampant on this matter and no one “really” knows except the parties at the center of this, ZUFFA and Golden Glory. Attempts to contact both ZUFFA and Golden Glory for information have thus far gone unanswered.

Marloes Coenen (19-5) – Just four days ago Coenen lost her bantamweight title to Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Fedor vs.Henderson. After defeating Sarah Kaufman to win the title, she had made one successful title defense before losing to Tate.

Valentijn Overeem (31-29) – The older brother of Alistair, Valentijn was 1-1 under Strikeforce and was coming off a submission (strikes) loss to Chad Griggs in June.

Jon Olav Einemo (6-2) – Coming off a long five-year absence from MMA, Einemo made he UFC debut at UFC 131, losing by TKO to Dave Herman.

Alistair Overeem (35-11, 1nc) – After defeating Fabricio Werdum in less than stellar fashion in the opening round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, Overeem was set to face Antonio Silva in the semifinals. Overeem was removed from the tournament on July 17th citing a toe injury that wouldn’t be healed to fight in September. Just a day before his release it was announced Overeem was scheduled to fight on the United Glory card inRussia in October. Less than two weeks after being removed from the tournament he was released from Strikeforce with little explanation.

So Who’s Next???

Nothing official has been released from ZUFFA, the UFC or Strikeforce regarding the three being released at time of writing.

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