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Bas Boon: Producing more than Fighters


Golden Glory founder, Bas Bonn, has been building a stable of top level mixed martial artists and elite strikers for decades.  Boon has been an essential key to the growth of MMA in Japan.  He started with K-1, 20 years ago, and now he has expanded himself into a global market that combines martial arts and television.  Boon recently took the time to chat with The Mouth of MMA about everything from  the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, to his upcoming movie projects. and he even tells us who he thinks could possibly beat Alistair Overeem.

Jason Kelly:  How long have you been involved with martial arts?

Bas Boon: 29 years

JK:  When did you open Golden Glory?

BB:  We started the first gym 12 years ago.

JK:  Who were some of the first fighters to join Golden Glory?

BB:  Chalid Arrab, Semmy Schilt, Valentijn/Alistair Overeem, Fatih Kocamis.

JK:  Besides the more popular names like Alistair Overeem and Semmy Schilt, who are some of the  up and coming fighters at Golden Glory?

BB:  We will hear a lot from John olav Einemo and there are some very young upcoming heavyweight  talents who will be in the news soon. Thommy Depretz and Siyar Bahadurzada are doing really  well as well as well as K-1 max fighter Robin van Roosmalen.

JK:  Bas Rutten recently suggested that Brock Lesnar should go to Golden Glory and learn some  striking, have you ever had an American visit Golden Glory for a training camp?

BB:  Heath Herring was 5 years with Golden Glory, so yes.

JK:  Would you be open to having fighters from other gyms frequent Golden Glory when they are in  preparations for a fight?

BB:  No we don’t, we will sign professional fighters.  It does not make any sense to make better  fighters who are later potential opponents under a different management.

JK:  You guys have the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix coming up, what are your thoughts about  the whole tournament?

BB:  We have been participating for 12 years in tournaments and won many, we like the concept.

JK:  Do you think it is a positive thing for Strikeforce to do?

BB:  Yes, it shows a great heavyweight division and spectacular fights.

JK:  Do you think Strikeforce might have a problem finding an opponent if Alistair Overeem wins the  tournament?

BB:  There will always be fighters who challenge, I am not afraid that strikeforce would run out of  opponents,  Scott Cocker is doing a good job.

JK:  Do you think Alistair should be fighting in the tournament or do you think Strikeforce should have  set up a tournament without Overeem to find an opponent for him?

BB:  No its fine, we wanted to fight Werdrum as he defeated fedor first and Alistair is the reigning  champion, so we got what we wanted.  If the second fight is against Big foot who also defeated  Fedor, no problem.

JK:  Would you like to have seen Overeem and Fedor in the finals so all the talk can end, or do you not  have a preference who Overeem fights?

BB:   I think the tournament should (have) been divided (so) that would be the finals, unfortunately    Fedor is out,  so we do not see that fight in the finals.

JK:  You have been involved with television production for a long time, and recently bee doing  things for FOX FILES in U.S.A.  Do you plan to do more of that?  Do you have any upcoming  television projects in Holland or the United States?

BB:   Yes right now I am producing a movie called Amsterdam Heavy were Gokhan Saki, Alistair  Overeem, Semmy Schilt and Marloes Coenen from Golden Glory will act.  We got some reality  shows in the planning and I am producing a video game called Fight Game, there are also plans  for Fight Game the movie.  I produced a lot of fighting shows with stars like Peter Aerts, Rob  Kaman, Ramon dekkers, Ernesto Hoost.  It was the start of a great time. I brought the sport to  TV in Europe and later also into many other countries.

JK:  As a result of the television work, do reside in U.S.A or Holland?

BB:   I live in Thailand as it is closer to Japan, Korea and China.  It is more practical for me.

JK:  One last question before I let you go. Would you like to see Alistair Overeem in the UFC ever and  do you view anyone in the UFC heavyweight division a challenge for Overeem?

BB:  Every fight is a fight, it will be no different in the UFC, but right now Alistair is the strongest and  most skilled, complete and has great fighting rhythm.   I do not see him get beaten anytime soon  except maybe a teammate of Golden Glory in the future can give Alistair troubles.

About Bas Boon

”’Bas Boon”’ is the founder and has been the manager of Team Golden Glory since 1999, a network association of mixed martial artists, and kickboxers headquartered in Netherlands and Thailand. He has trained and managed the likes of Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Sergei Kharitonov. Stefan Leko, Marloes Coenen, Nieky Holzken, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki and many more… Below is the biography on the Golden Glory website: :“Born and raised in Holland, Bastiaan Simon Boon is one of the most powerful figures in the fight business today. He has been promoting and producing fight events for the past 35 years. Today he is the owner of Golden Glory, the strongest and most feared fight team in the Globe. Currently Mr Boon represents Pride, K1,Dream, UFC and Too Hot To Handle fighters and champions. Something that has never happened before in the industry. Boon is the son of Kasper Boon the noted Professor, Doctor and Engineer. At the age of 17 the young entrepreneur Bas Boon began his first sports oriented company, Nikko Toshogu Sports, a Martial Arts equipment company that became enormously successful and quickly spawned a number of other businesses including Nikko Press, and production company. While still a teenager Boon became the youngest promoter of professional martial arts competitions sponsoring Thai Fighting and Kick Boxing events throughout Europe, promoting and producing more than 300 shows world-wide. As a television producer Boon was responsible for conceiving and creating 22 episodes of the series Oriental Fight Promotions which was broadcast by the Super Channel across Europe, he also produced 20 martial arts programs broadcast by Euro-Sport, and several free martial arts fighting events for the FOX TV Network in Holland. With long time partner Frederico Lapenda, Boon produced of the “Red Light District” which was broadcast by FOX FILES in the United States. Boon is also the Producer of the series “You Gotta See This”, aired by FOX. Bas Boon also produced 5 Hollywood Movies together with partner Frederico lapenda He has also distribute Fighting and Martial Arts shows for world-wide TV and DVD licensing. Boon’s ventures has generated a numerous of articles for such magazines as the German edition of Playboy, Dutch TV Guide, Revue, Actueel Panorama, all the major newspapers in Europe and several sports and martial arts magazines in Japan and the United States.” Bas Boon was also an executive producer of the well known Glory World Series which also was sold to Glory Sports International. In 2012. Bas Boon helped facilitate in the sales of the Golden Glory and Nikko library to Glory Sports International and is affiliated as a consultant. Bas Boon can be found at the Fight Game Camp, Golden Glory in Pattaya, Thailand. 2- May 2012 Dureka Lang Carrasquill Tranberg capital:: Boon is a polarizing figure. Outspoken, unorthodox and fiercely demanding when it comes to staging events, he is a suave entrepreneur with a business mind that switches between Wall Street and street hustler as the situation demands. Where the American mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship has the foul-mouthed fight fan Dana White as its president, GLORY has his European counterpart - the colorful and confrontational Bas Boon, president of GLORY Sports, the sporting division of GLORY Sports International (“GSI”). And where White is counterbalanced by the urbane Lorenzo Fertitta, so too is Boon contrasted with Marcus Luer, the GSI managing director.

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