Niet alleen Fedor’s toekomst kwam aan bod tijdens de UFC 133 persconferentie. Dana White ging ook dieper in op de gebeurtenissen rondom Golden Glory, waarbij Marloes Coenen, Alistair Overeem, Valentijn Overeem en Jon Olav Einemo plotseling hun baan verloren.
“This is actually a pretty simple explanation. If you look back throughout history, we haven’t had any Golden Glory guys fight with us since Semmy Schilt, right? And the reason is we have very different business practices. It’s tough to do business with them. The bottom line is the way they do business is, you have to pay them, not the fighters. We don’t work that way. It’s not the way we do business. It’s not how it works in the United States with the athletic commissions. You don’t pay the managers and the managers pay the fighters. You pay the fighters and the fighters pay the managers.”
“The reality is, we’re trying to work out deals with these guys and they won’t do it. They said you absolutely can’t pay the fighters, you have to pay us. And it’s pretty simple to look back and see that the last guy who fought in UFC was Semmy Schilt. There was a reason for that.”
Hard tegen hard, dus. Zou dit echt de reden zijn?