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.
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