Zuffa Releases Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo from Team Golden Glory


Marloes Coenen

The Team Golden Glory vs. Zuffa battle is heating up as three more of the fighters from the Holland stable have been cut from Strikeforce and the UFC.

According to lead trainer Martijn de Jong, who first put the news out on his Twitter and later confirmed to MMAWeekly.com via email, former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem, and UFC heavyweight Jon Olav Einemo have all been released from their contracts.

The news is the latest strike thrown by Zuffa against Team Golden Glory after the initial move that saw Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem put on the chopping block.

Apparently, Zuffa and Team Golden Glory are not getting along, which may be a vast understatement considering the news from Wednesday.

Coenen is the former Strikeforce bantamweight champion, who just lost her belt to Miesha Tate last weekend in Chicago. Valentijn Overeem is also coming off a loss from his last bout against Chad Griggs, while Jon Olav Einemo only got one fight in the UFC, where he was defeated by Dave Herman at UFC 131.

The only fighter left under a Zuffa contract that currently fights full time out of the Golden Glory gym in Holland is current Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix fighter Sergei Kharitonov.

Kharitonov is currently slated to take on Josh Barnett in the semifinal round of the tournament on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati.


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