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The Alistair Overeem and Golden Glory Split is a Classic Example of a Perfect Storm

Bas and OvereemThere is a lot of he-said, she-said floating around right now in regards to the Alistair Overeem and Golden Glory split. Many fans and even media are taking sides or simply rushing to comment the next chapter in the saga and try to gain some insight into the situation. I really feel like the truth lies somewhere in the middle when it comes to who is "right" and who is "wrong" and that both sides have a lot to feel slighted about. According to Golden Glory, Alistair was looking to stiff his long-time friends in his trainers by no longer giving them a percent of his earnings, instead simply giving them a flat rate like you'd see in the United States. According to Alistair's camp, Golden Glory was looking to take too much from Alistair and has now launched a "smear campaign" to make him look greedy.

For Golden Glory, it has been a trying year. After Alistair Overeem won the K-1 World Grand Prix Championship last year there were hard times coming for Golden Glory, when their vision had been anything but difficult. Golden Glory was prepared to take over the world in 2011, with the key to their success being an approach on Mixed Martial Arts in the United States and Kickboxing across the world, with the key areas being in Asia and Europe. The Glory World Series was a big part of this, and Gokhan Saki was the big feature for them. Saki suffered a few injuries in December and there was no way for him to fight early on in the year, which meant they would push back the date of their first show of the year, this being the first of many setbacks.

K-1 and Strikeforce were both going through significant turmoil at the time, and both promotions were home to quite a few Golden Glory fighters, proving to be how Golden Glory got their name and brand out to the world. Bas Boon and investors began looking into the reality of purchasing Strikeforce, and it did not seem all-that far-fetched. In fact, there was a certain air of confidence that they would soon own Strikeforce and have a serious foothold inside of the United States and immediately be competition for the UFC. On top of that, they began looking into the reality of what it would take to own K-1. Golden Glory was primed to own two of the biggest combat sports brands in the world and have inconceivable power.

For a fighter like Alistair Overeem, these were his two home bases and he was currently on top in both of them. The reality of his management owning and operating both Strikeforce and K-1 would make him one of the biggest stars in the combat sports world as soon as the ink was dry. He would go from a troubled Light Heavyweight to one of the most decorated Heavyweights in the history of combat sports and be in a prime position to not only be a star, but a wealthy star.

In the blink of an eye MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani was on a jet to Zuffa’s headquarters where Dana White would announce the acquisition of Strikeforce. This was the first huge setback for Golden Glory, a deal that felt done and was possibly promised to certain fighters, was now all of a sudden in the hands of the UFC. It isn’t clear what was promised or how close to a done deal it was, only those involved with the deal will know, but there have been strong rumors stating that Golden Glory was “sure” of the deal being done, and afterwards were furious with Scott Coker.

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SuperKombat on Thursday Features Heavyweight Tournament + Hesdy Gerges vs. Rico Verhoeven

SuperKombat is set to hold two events this week, one on Thursday in Oradea, Romania and one on Saturday in Darmstadt, Germany. Both cards look really good and feature some many familiar names. The card on Thursday is a SuperKombat Fight Club card. It features a one night, eight man heavyweight tournament and two super fights.

Among the participants in the heavyweight tournament are K-1 veterans Errol Zimmerman, Ben Edwards and Stefan Leko. What I find interesting about this tournament is that along with a few K-1 veterans that everyone knows, there are some fighters in it that are rather under the radar. It should be interesting to see if any of these fighters such as Daniel Sam, Christian Colombo and Slavo Puglic can have some success. It's always great to hear of new talent in the heavyweight division, which has a rather shallow talent pool.It's unclear right now as to which fight is the reserve match. I'd speculate that Stefan Leko vs. Tsotne Rogava is.

It's Showtime World Heavyweight Champion and one of the top heavyweights in the world, Hesdy Gerges returns to action in a pretty decent fight against Rico Verhoeven. Hesdy and Rico are on this card due to the cancellation of the K-1 Final 16 and things turned out perfectly for them to fight. Hesdy is no doubt the favorite here, but it'll say a lot how he does against Verhoeven.

Full card below. The event will be broadcast live on Eurosport.

Tournament (8 men + 1 reserve match)
Stefan Leko (GER) v Tsotne Rogava (UKR))
Slavo Plugic (SVN) v Coco Rus (ROM)
Christian Colombo (DEN) v Roman Kleibl (CZE)
Daniel Sam (ENG) v Ben Edwards (AUS)
Sebastian van Thielen (BEL) v Errol Zimmerman (HOL)

Super-Fights
Neil Cooke (USA) v Alexandru Lungu (ROM)
Rico Verhoeven (HOL) v Hesdy Gerges (EGY)

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Ryuya Kusakabe vs Ichinohe Sota Set for December 22nd Fujiwara Festival

A #1 contender's bout for the WPMF Japan Super Bantamweight title between WBC Japan Super Bantamweight champion and Krush 55kg Tournament finalist Ryuya Kusakabe and former WPMF Japan Bantamweight champion Ichinohe Sota has been announced for the December 22nd Fujiwara Festival/It's Showtime Japan 6 event. Kusakabe (13-4, 6 KO) is coming off a 5th round KO of #1 ranked NJKF Super Bantamweight Rookie to capture the WBC Japan Super Bantamweight title. Before that, Kusakabe had his 7 fight win streak snapped in the finals of the Krush 55kg tournament, losing to Shota Takiya by 3rd round KO. Sota (11-6-4, 8 KO) is coming off of a split draw against Takuma Ito back in August which snapped a 3-fight win streak that included him winning the WPMF Japan Bantamweight title by 1st round KO against Yuki Noro which he has since vacated to move up in weight. Common opponents between the two are Shota Takiya, who Kusakabe is 1-1 against and Sota is 0-1 against, and Hiroaki Mizuhara who Kusakabe defeated in the semis of the Krush tournament while Sota lost to him by extension round split decision back in 2008 under the AJKF banner. The current champion at the weight class is Yusuke Shimizu and although Shimizu is good, I would imagine the winner of this fight would be the favorite in the title fight. Kusakabe is likely the favorite here as he has been pretty hot lately, though Sota has started coming into his own this past year and both fighters have the power to end it at any time.

Already announced for the card is the big Featherweight matchup between Genji Umeno and Youske Morii. {jcomments on}

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