Originally Posted by MMAJunkie
Zuffa LLC officials have purged former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen, Strikeforce's Valentijn Overeem and the UFC's Jon Olav Einemo from its stable of fighters.
That's the word from Martijn de Jong, the fighters' head coach at Golden Glory, who today tweeted the news.
The trio of fighters joins fellow Golden Glory fighter and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who was released this past week.
Zuffa officials haven't publicly announced the newest releases. And though Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Einemo all are coming off losses, their releases appear tied to Alistair Overeem's.
We've seen this before from Zuffa with Fitch and AKA in 2008:
It'll be interesting to hear the details of what happened. Zuffa and Co. were thugs w/ AKA re: the image rights for life, so I can only imagine how the negotiations went down here. Then again, Overeem has fought what, 3 times in 10 years [obvious exaggeration keyboard warrior... move your mouse away from the neg rep)?
Getting rid of Coenen though is shooting themselves in the foot for the women's division. It's so shallow, you couldn't make a kiddie pool with it.