As noted earlier, former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has filed a lawsuit against Golden Glory, the management firm that used to represent him.
Overeem, who will make his UFC debut at UFC 141 in December against Brock Lesnar, filed the suit in L.A. County Superior Court and claimed that he agreed to give his managers 35% of his pre-tax income in exchange for their services. He goes on to claim that Golden Glory has refused to pay him more than $151,000 in earnings, including a bonus for when he signed with the UFC, and that the team tried to get him to accept fights when they knew that he was not fully healthy.
Golden Glory responded to the allegations, sending FightLine.com the following letter earlier today:
Please be advised that this office is litigation counsel for Knock Out Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory in their legal dispute with MMA fighter Alistair Overeem. We are currently in receipt of a copy of Mr. Overeem’s lawsuit and our clients are assessing all available defenses and counterclaims.
This lawsuit is a preemptive action on the part of Mr. Overeem and his counsel in response to KOI’s recent notification to Mr. Overeem of numerous violations by him of his management agreement with KOI, including but not limited to his failure to pay commissions for past fights and endorsement deals secured by KOI and Golden Glory.
KOI and Golden Glory are respected organizations committed to securing the best fight deals and training for their team of fighters. Mr. Overeem’s continued suggestions to the contrary are scurrilous and will be vigorously defended in the proper forum.
Alistair Overeem is a striker — he wants to throw the first punch. But this misguided decision to file a lawsuit as a preemptive strike leaves Mr. Overeem vulnerable in ways our clients wished to avoid.