Former Golden Glory Teammates, Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen
Former Strikeforce women's 135-pound champion Marloes Coenen is in the main event of the first Invicta FC card this weekend (BE will have live coverage), and she's doing the media rounds to promote the card. In an interview with Mauro Ranallo on The MMA Hour, she was asked about UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem and his recent suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. And she didn't hold back at all when talking about the former Golden Glory fighter (transcript via MMA Weekly):
"When Alistair got the deal (with the UFC), he abandoned (Golden Glory)," declared Coenen. "He said he wants to surround himself with smart people, but you know what happened yesterday (the NSAC suspension), I don’t know how smart those people are. He said a lot of lies and it was really hurtful for me because I know what happened.
"And it makes me look bad because I’m with (Golden Glory). He said they weren’t a good management team, but I know what they did for him. When he lost five fights in a row a long while ago, Martijn de Jong stuck with him and believed in him, and the same goes with the management."
The rest of her statement is after the jump, and she even makes reference to a court case Overeem had to deal with in the Netherlands.
"When Alistair had a big fight in the Netherlands because he didn’t want to pay 50 cents to the woman that sits at the toilet, it was the Golden Glory team that kept him out of jail. I know so many things they did for him, so when he calls them criminals, it’s not true.
"I’m with Golden Glory; so when he calls them bad he indirectly talks bad about me. It makes me look like a person who can’t make good decisions.
"If he wants to leave the team, I’m fine with that, he’s a grown man and can make his own decisions. But don’t stab them in the back and make them look bad when they’ve worked so hard for you."
Coenen (19-5) meets French fighter Romy Ruyssen (5-1) in the Invicta FC 1 main event. The whole card will be streamed live for free on Invicta's website.