According to multiple reports, newly-signed UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has left his management team, Golden Glory. However, Golden Glory head Bas Boon told Fighter’s Only that they still have a contract with Overeem. Boon also told MMAJunkie.com that legal action could be pursued as they move forward. “I wasn’t really surprised, actually, after the last three months because he already had a lot of different ideas on how he would divide certain percentages which were normal in the past, and apparently, are not now. I think the judge will decide on this issue that we have, and when that is decided, we will see who was right and who was not.”
So this is going to get uglier before it gets…prettier? Better, whatever. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that Overeem has lost faith in his management team because he has yet to be paid for his past K-1 venture. I’m sure there are other factors, but not getting paid would make any fighter upset.
MMAWeekly.com first confirmed what other outlets are now reporting, that Dan Henderson is on his way back to the UFC, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be the one to welcome him back to the Octagon on November 19 at UFC 139 in San Jose, CA. The winner of the two former Pride stars will determine the next challenger for the Light-heavyweight title after Rashad Evans gets his shot at the winner of this weekend’s UFC 135 bout between Jon “Bones” Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
This is a huge fight for the division. If Henderson can’t have an immediate title shot (which is fair, because Rashad Evans has been waiting forever) at least he has a chance to get the next shot. But it won’t be easy, depending on which Shogun shows up.
This weekend’s UFC 135 fight with Josh Koscheck will be Matt Hughes’ last on his current UFC contract. After which, he’ll decide what he’ll do with his future. “The outcome of this fight won’t really matter, to be honest. After this fight, win or lose, doesn’t matter, I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll… see what I feel like, and we’ll see what the UFC wants to do.” Hughes also said his wife wanted him to stop fighting after Penn knocked him out, so I’m sure she’ll have some say in this when he loses to Koscheck this Saturday. Don’t kill me Hughes fans, but it’d be something like a “Hail Mary touchdown” for Hughes to pull this out.
Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed that Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered an injury in training and has been forced him out of his title defense against season four lightweight tournament winner Michael Chandler on October 15 at Bellator 54. “Ed’s in spectacular condition, so both of us are hopeful that this fight can potentially still occur later this fall.” This is not good for Bellator. There past event was rated the lowest ever on their current television partner, MTV2, and losing Alvarez certainly won’t help #54.
Dana White confirmed on Tuesday that the bout between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will determine the next challenger to the UFC Heavyweight Championship. White also commented on Overeem’s signing saying, “I’m excited to see what Alistair Overeem has. And people can yap and say whatever they want, when these guys come over to the UFC, it’s a whole other ballgame. It’s going to be a really good gauge to find out where Alistair really sits in the heavyweight division.” This is a very intriguing fight. So many questions for both fighters. And, like Henderson, if Overeem can’t fight immediately for the belt, fighting for the next shot is the next best thing.