UFC President Dana White Talks Golden Glory Fighter Cuts

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13:  Dana White, UFC President, speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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Well if you were wondering why Zuffa was cutting Golden Glory members, UFC president Dana White has come out and said why.

Apparently, Golden Glory insists that their fighter's purses go through the team's management and not the individual fighter. Something White doesn't want.

"We don't want that," White said. "It's not the way we do business. It's not how it works in the U.S. You don't pay the manager and the manager pays the fighter. You pay the fighter, and the fighter pays the manager."

The UFC president pointed out this difference in business practice and the fact that since Semmy Schilt—a Golden Glory team member—in 2001, there has been an absence of Golden Glory team members in the UFC.

According to White, Golden Glory wouldn't give in on cutting checks to their fighters in the future instead of having them go through team management.

"In a lot of places in the world, they can do business like that," White said. "It's not a big deal to the promoters. We can't do it. It's not right. It's not the right way to do it.

"The reality is we were trying to work out new deals with these guys, and they won't do it. They said, 'You absolutely can't pay the fighters.' Like I said, it's pretty simple. Looking back, the last guy that fought in the UFC was Schilt that was a Golden Glory guy. There's a reason for that."

In June at UFC 131, Jon Olav Einemo was the first Golden Glory fighter to fight in the UFC since Schilt.

Yesterday, Zuffa cut former 135 lb. women's champion, Marloes Coenen from Strikeforce not even a week removed from her title defense loss. Zuffa also cut the aforementioned Einemo and brother of Alistair Overeem, Valentijn.

Alistair was cut last week after an apparent rift was caused when Alistair refused to fight in the semifinal leg of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in September. Alistair is recovering from rib and toe injuries.

Sergei Kharitonov is the last man standing in Zuffa from team Golden Glory. Kharitonov will fight in the semifinal leg of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in September against Josh Barnett. A loss for Kharitonov in this leg of the tournament could likely spell the end of his tenure with Strikeforce.

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