Recently signed UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem will start off his career in the Octagon with new management and new training partners after announcing he had decided to leave longtime home Golden Glory as the result of the team violating his trust.

Though Overeem didn’t provide specifics on the separation, he did take to Twitter to offer a basic explanation, writing, “As with any relationship, there are good times and bad times – you have your common ground and your differences. As with any relationship, you have trust. When differences lead to a breach of trust, there’s no turning back and no way to continue a positive, working relationship. I don’t air my dirty laundry. I would appreciate the respect regarding my privacy to not disclose any further details on this matter.”

“The Demolition Man” nearly lost his job last month after a dispute between Zuffa and Golden Glory relating to the way fighters were paid. However, those issues have since been hammered out making today’s news even more curious than it might have been had the contractual situation not been resolved.

Overeem will make his UFC debut on December 30 against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 after finding success in DREAM, K-1, and most recently Strikeforce where he held the promotion’s heavyweight championship and was a semifinalist in their ongoing Grand Prix. The 31-year old Dutchman holds an overall record of 35-11 with past wins over Brett Rogers, Vitor Belfort, Sergei Kharitonov, and Fabricio Werdum.


MMATraining Take: Hopefully more details will emerge on the matter since Overeem and Golden Glory had been synonymous with each other for a number of years. It’s also an intriguing situation in the sense it had something to do with “trust”. Maybe they weren’t as forthcoming with his full salary as originally claimed given that Golden Glory typically gets paid by promotions directly, then doles out checks to their fighters?