The people at Golden Glory seem to be the good guys in the battle for the soul of kickboxing. Then again, looking good next to the K-1 guys is as easy as looking good next to Hitler. There’s still some worrisome signs about how GG does business – their attempts to sue Alistair Overeem for nearly a third of his money is one. And now Siyar Bahadurzada has left the camp saying this:
“They didn’t pay me my money for the Glory World Series that I fought in May 2011, and they’re keeping me in the dark about my contract and extended the contract for another five years,” Bahadurzada said.
The Golden Glory World Series money isn’t insignificant … the winner of the three round tournament was supposed to get a giant novelty check for $150,000 bucks.
Now Siyar Bahadurzada isn’t who I would call the most level-headed and calm dude in the business – he’s the one who famously called Scott Coker a … ahem … ‘pig lover.’ But there’s not a lot of he said / she said in a situation like this. Either Golden Glory paid Siyar for the three fights and tournament win like they were supposed to, or they didn’t. And if they didn’t, that puts GG one big step closer to those Hitlers in Japan. Not paying fighters for their fights is pretty much the sketchiest crap you can pull in the industry. Wassup with that, Golden Glory???