Since making his departure from longtime training/management team Golden Glory last fall, Alistair Overeem has gone back and forth with the Netherlands-based entity in court.
Upon initially leaving Golden Glory last year, Overeem filed suit against them to break their contract and to seek some $151,000 in restitutions, citing a significant “breach of trust.” Golden Glory immediately set up a counter suit, alleging that Overeem broke the contract and actually owed them; they went so far as to attempt to garnish part of Overeem’s purse from his December 30 fight with Brock Lesnar to collect the back pay.
Overeem has offered little to now comment on the situation since it began, but today sent out a formal statement regarding the ongoing litigation with Golden Glory (via Bloody Elbow).
This is Alistair Overeem’s first formal public comment on his ongoing litigation with Golden Glory. He has avoided comment up to now for many reasons. First, Alistair believes that the split between himself and Golden Glory should be kept between the parties. Although he has been tempted to expose ongoing problems with Golden Glory’s business, its poor relationship with some of its remaining fighters, and the deep betrayal he has experienced in recent years, he has chosen not to air the specifics of those facts. Second, Alistair was singularly focused on his fight with Brock Lesnar. Third, Alistair does not want to disrupt Golden Glory’s ongoing business operations. Fourth, Alistair believes that commenting on the litigation lacks professionalism. Golden Glory continues to take action by press release, through public comment and in the litigation in an apparent attempt to derail Alistair’s career. Now that Alistair has defeated Brock Lesnar, he feels compelled to speak up. You will hear from Alistair on many of these topics directly.
We can say that Alistair and his legal team are very confident in the legal positions he has taken or will take in the California and Nevada litigation. Alistair is looking forward to having a judge or jury determine the merits of his position in this litigation. Although overtures regarding resolution of the lawsuits have been made by Golden Glory, Alistair believes it is important to see this matter to conclusion, not just for himself, but for other Golden Glory fighters, the UFC and its fans.
Overeem is currently on deck to challenge Junior dos Santos for his heavyweight crown as soon as the champion recovers from a knee injury.