The fallout from Alistair Overeem’s recent refusal to fight in September and release from Strikeforce shortly thereafter appears to have claimed a trio of new victims including a recent title-holder, a Grand Prix alternate, and even a fighter who calls the UFC home coming off a “Fight of the Night” performance.
According to the head coach at Overeem’s place of pugilistic preparation, Martin de Jong of Golden Glory, Zuffa has handed pink-slips to Marloes Coenen, as well as brother of Alistair Valentijn Overeem and the UFC’s John Einemo. De Jong revealed the shocking news through his Twitter account where he expressed disappointment but stopped short of explaining why he felt the decision had been made.
All three fighters were coming off losses in their most-recent performances, opening the door for contractual release, but the move still caught many in the MMA community off-guard with Coenen especially standing out. The former Strikeforce bantamweight champ had gone 2-1 since dropping to 135-pounds with wins over Sarah Kaufman and Liz Carmouche but fell short against Miesha Tate this past weekend, tapping to an Arm-Triangle choke midway through the fourth frame.
The only remaining Golden Glory fighter on either the UFC or Strikeforce’s roster remains Sergei Kharitonov who faces Josh Barnett this September in the semifinal round of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix. Though the bout was certainly important to Kharitonov before it now appears as though a “must win” label as been attached to it in terms of maintaining his employment with Zuffa.
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