As speculation continues to surround Zuffa's release of three Golden Glory members from their rosters -- former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen, Strikeforce heavyweight Valentijn Overeem, and UFC heavyweight Jon Olav Einemo -- many have tabbed the promotion's public troubles with former-employee Alistair Overeem as the culprit. However, that may not be the case, according to longtime MMA journalist Loretta Hunt.
Golden Glory is making moves to promote U.S. shows - Zuffa is taking it's usual aggressive biz stance to protect its lionshare of market
It makes sense. If the Tuesday morning exodus served only as a response to Golden Glory's gym-to-promotion turn, it would fall in line with Zuffa's well-established, hardline approach towards competition.
Though, should Hunt's words prove true, the fight promotion will have a rather large situation on their hands if Golden Glory representative Sergei Kharitonov ends up winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The 30-year-old Russian is currently slated to fight Josh Barnett in the tournament's semi-finals on September 10th.