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Strikeforce Cuts Golden Glory From Roster; Does the Promotion Have Anything Left?

Will Gray
03 August 2011
Strikeforce Cuts Golden Glory From Roster; Does the Promotio...

As Dan Henderson defeated the organization's biggest draw in Fedor this past weekend, Strikeforce also saw their former women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen dethroned by Meisha Tate.

The defeat of the Golden Glory fighter came in the same week that the favored Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was released from his contract.

News broke this morning via Twitter from Golden Glory coach Martin de Jong that three more of their fighters have been released from contract including Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem, and John Einemo.

“I am very dissapointed to let you know that @MarloesCoenen @JohnEinemo and ValentijnOvereem have been cut from @Strikeforce @ufc.....”,

Losing key names from their women’s division and heavyweight division is a huge blow to the San Jose based promotion. While the draw of Overeem may not have been as successful in his next fight given the lackluster performance recently against Fabricio Werdum, the scary heavyweight still drew his share of ratings.

Now bundled together with his brother Valentijn who recently tapped from strikes in his fight against Chad Griggs – the Brothers Reem will need to find another promotion to sign with if MMA competition still interests them.

The Demolition Man has said in interviews that he is fine with walking away from MMA to pursue a boxing match with Viatli Klitschko, as well as fighting in K-1 events, where he has done very well and become champion there. Overeem walking away from the sport does not hurt either party (himself or the sport).

In his mind, he has accomplished things to where he is comfortable and confident with his decisions to pursue other things. In MMA he was good but not as great as he was billed to be. Having never fought in the UFC heavyweight division and apparently not on track to do so anytime soon, fans can only speculate how he would match against Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar or Junior Dos Santos.

Likewise, Marloes Coenen was submitted for the first time in her career over the weekend which resulted in the loss of her belt and her job. Is her release justifiable at this point? Similar questions could be asked about her teammate and UFC newcomer, Jon Einemo who lost in his debut against Dave Herman at UFC 131. Being his first loss, it is not surprising to see Zuffa cut someone for a losing performance but multiple fighters from two separate companies, who all train together? Time and truths behind the release will tell.

Right now Strikeforce will truly have to scramble to salvage what they have left for fights and a promotion. They fired their main heavweight camp, Dan Henderson has expressed his desire to re-sign with UFC and fight the winner of either Jon Jones or Rampage Jackson for the UFC belt, welterweight champion Nick Diaz vacated his title for a superfight with GSP in October at UFC 137, and Gilbert Melendez sits in the wings waiting for a unification bout or signing with UFC.

There are decent fighters on this roster to make it work for a little while, but why delay the inevitable? Champions need to be absorbed with a handful of select fighters into the UFC and serious thoughts need to be made about women’s divisions under the UFC banner.

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03 August 2011

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