Life's a breach ... and then you sue.
PRIDE, K-1, Strikeforce and now UFC fighter Alistair Overeem will be fighting in a handicapped match at UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem." In addition to his heavyweight hoedown opposite Brock Lesnar on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, he'll also be squaring off against Knock Out Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory.
Money talks, "The Reem" walks.
"Demolition Man" recently split from his Netherlands-based management team citing a "breach of trust," which in financial terms equates to allegedly being owed $151,000 in earnings, including a signing bonus he was reportedly promised when he signed with Zuffa.
Attorneys have since responded to these "scurrilous" accusations:
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.
Trouble had been brewing for some time, dating back to when Dana White had a well-publicized spat with Golden Glory that resulted in the release of all its fighters from every Zuffa-owned promotion.
Shortly thereafter, Overeem announced his split from his longtime fight camp, eventually relocating to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas to help prepare for his upcoming Octagon debut.
"The Reem" is headed to the cage. Then, he's probably headed to court. Any fight fans out there think this will hinder his focus as he prepares for Lesnar's New Year's Eve bumrush?