UFC 141: Alistair Overeem fight purse held in escrow before Brock Lesnar bout

Alistair Overeem is fighting inside the cage and inside the courtroom.

Mere hours before he's set to do battle against Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 141 tonight (Fri., Dec. 30, 2011) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alistair Overeem got news that his fight purse is being held in escrow.

Which basically means he can't touch the $264,285 he'll make for showing up nor the $121,428 bonus should he win.

That's because his former management team, Knock Out Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory, is suing "The Reem," claiming he did not pay a 30-percent commission for his fight against Fabricio Werdum. They also helped him negotiate his jump to the UFC and eventual bout against Lesnar.

At which point he bailed on them. But now they're back to get the money they feel they deserve.

Surprisingly, a Nevada District Court wasted little time today putting Overeem's fight purse in escrow while he and his former management team settle their differences. ESPN.com has more:

In its order, the Nevada court, citing an existing an enforceable contract, asked Zuffa to "issue a check from the portion of the purse owed to Overeem in the respective amount of $241,285,49, made payable to Knock-Out Investments; and that the Nevada State Athletic Commission shall hold" the check pending further order of the court.

...

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer told ESPN.com that he was aware of the order.

"My understanding is if the plaintiff posts the $200,000 bond and promptly serves the UFC, the UFC would give us a check to hold in that case," Kizer said. "I don't know why we hold it, but that's the court order. That's fine. What we probably want to do then is give it to the court. They can put it in escrow pending the case."

As if fighting Brock Lesnar isn't enough.

Trouble has 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.

Just a day in the life of an Ultimate Fighter.

Be sure to check out the rest of the fights on the UFC 141 main card with our bell-to-bell, LIVE coverage of the "Lesnar vs. Overeem" pay-per-view (PPV) event right here.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker