Former UFC heavyweight champion and three-time King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten, has a new show coming to Fuel TV called "Punk Payback."
The message is simple: Give people what they've got coming to them.
"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.
Rutten disputes that claim in an interview with Paul Lazenby and slams "The Reem" for not wanting to "pay the people who made him."
Take a look.
"It's a money thing. He simply doesn't want to pay the people who made him ... It's funny how fighters think. When it goes bad with them, their team is everything to them, and they love their team. In interviews after they win a fight, they say: 'I owe everything to my team.' Then when the management starts to put great fights together for them, directing their careers and the fighter gets better and better, some of them simply can't handle it, and it gets to their head. I had a bad feeling already when he called himself, after he won the K-1 Grand Prix, a 'legend.' He actually said in an interview right after he won: 'I am a legend now.' I don't think a fighter can ever make that comment about himself. Also, a few months ago, when they started to get close to a good deal with the UFC, he realized that he could make a lot of money. The first thing he did was go to Cor Hemmers, his striking coach, and tried to renegotiate the 10% trainer's fee ... Yeah, he tries to let the rest of the world think that the coaches and other fighters are on his side, and that it's only the management he has problems with. But that is absolutely NOT the case. I mean, go to Cor Hemmers' gym and look at the posters with pictures of Alistair on there, see what his fellow fighters did to them ... And you know what he said to Martijn? I know this because I talked with Martijn personally three days ago. When he told Martijn he didn't want to pay the 10% trainer's fee--and remember, Cor and Martijn SPLIT the 10%, so it's not 20% in total--Martijn told him that he was there with him for TWELVE YEARS, and that they trained him for so long and went through the ups and downs, especially the downs. And on top of that, he said that he was Alistair's friend this whole time, and made a big contribution to Alistair's success. But Alistair said: 'Yeah, if we have to talk about people who contributed to my success, then I also have to mention my cleaning lady who cleans my house for eleven and a half Euros an hour.'
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.
But it was far from a clean break.
Overeem, who will be fighting Brock Lesnar at UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, filed suit against Knock Out Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory and they, in turn, are preparing to sue him back.
At least we know which side "El Guapo" is on.
How about you? Too soon to know all the facts? Or have you already passed judgment? And will this be too much of a distraction for Overeem on fight night?