Martijn De Jong Talks About the Cuts of Marloes Coenen and Others from Zuffa

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2011

Martijn de Jong got word today that more then just Alistair Overeem would be fired by Zuffa. Added on top of Alistair was three more Golden Glory members, Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo.

De Jong received the message from Golden Glory manager Bas Boon about the cuts of the fighters he trains.

"This is a big blow for us," de Jong today told "I feel it's kind of unfair to the fighters. They train hard. They put on exciting performances."

Just a week ago Alistair—Valentijn's brother—was cut by Zuffa. Alistair refused to be a part of the September 10th Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix card that was put together due to his injuries. Alistair would have been OK with a date in October or November to fight.

So are these cuts related to the Alistair Overeem incident? De Jong doesn't know.

"You tell me," he said. "I have no idea, but it doesn't look good. Of course, for us, it's really bad. I'm very disappointed. What can I say?"

The crazy part about the cuts is what the fighters have done in their latest fights. Coenen is coming off of a loss defending her 135-pound women's title just last Saturday.

Einemo is coming off of a "Fight of the Night" knockout out loss to Dave Herman.

"Of course, they can cut them because they lost, but do you cut Alistair Overeem, who was very eager to fight in the [Strikeforce heavyweight] grand prix, and who got major injuries?" de Jong said. "Einemo just received a 'Fight of the Night' bonus in his last UFC appearance. Coenen... two times [has] been the Strikeforce champion. And before Miesha beat her, I think they were even [on the scorecards] or [favoring] Marloes."

De Jong still hopes something can be worked out with Zuffa to bring the fighters back. 

"The only thing I can say is I feel disappointed for the fighters, and now we have to go back and see what we're going to do [and] where we're going to go," de Jong said. "For me, I hope the management can still work something out with Zuffa.

"I think Alistair needs to fight the best fighters in the world, and I think right now there's only two people ranked above him: Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. Alistair only wants to be the best. It's a pity."

Alistair was stripped of his Strikeforce heavyweight title when he was released by Zuffa. De Jong wonders why this is happening to his fighters.

"For me, it doesn't make sense," he said. "I was just thinking, 'Is this the future of MMA?'"

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