Golden Glory manager Bas Boon spent last week trying to reconcile with the UFC … whether their split had to do with miscommunications due to Boon being in the hospital like he claimed or the realization that Japan was too sketchy to rely on for income, we may never know. But if they’re serious about getting Alistair Overeem into the UFC, it sounds like Dana White is happy to have him:
He knows and I know and everybody over there (Golden Glory) knows…even the fighters. I don’t give a s— what they tweet, what they take pictures of or what they say. They f—— know exactly how it worked and we would not do it that way. Now if Bas Boon is saying that this is the way that we can do it, then we can absolutely positively make a deal and we can get this thing rolling again.”
To be in a position where Alistair could come over and fight in the UFC? Why would I not do it? I chased Fedor (Emelianenko) around…forever, when I told you guys publicly that I didn’t think he was the best. Pound-for-pound or otherwise. I was willing to prove it. Let’s get him over here. Let’s offer him a deal. You think I’m gonna chase Alistair Overeem and don’t want him fighting here? You think I want him to go somewhere else? No.
Jeez, on the surface this is all working out so nicely that it almost gives credence to the conspiracy theory that this is all just theater that gets Overeem out of Strikeforce and into the UFC. Well, maybe it isn’t ‘working out’ so great for Marloes Coenen and Jon Olav Einemo. But Alistair in the UFC would be pretty sweet, even taking into account the collateral damage.