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Alistair Overeem Addresses Gloden Glory Lawsuit … Sort of

Written by Tom Ngo
January 25th, 2012
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UFC Alistair Overeem

For the first time since lawsuits were filed, Alistair Overeem (Pictured) is publicly addressing his divorce from his former management team … sort of. Orrick Herrington & Stucliffe LLP, the legal team representing the UFC heavyweight, issued a statement on their client’s behalf expressing great disappointment in Golden Glory’s “unprofessional” tactics since the separation.

“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,” Orrick expressed in a release obtained by 5thRound.com.

“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.”

In November, Overeem sued GG for neglecting to pay him more than $150,000 in earnings, including a massive bonus for signing with the UFC. He claims his former representatives were keeping pertinent information from him during their negotiations with the UFC.

GG then fired back by trying to have a Nevada District Court withhold his UFC 141 purse so they could recoup payment for past services rendered. They claimed Overeem did not pay them their commission following his Strikeforce win over Fabricio Werdum on June 18th. The management then negotiated Overeem’s deal with Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, this past September which was parlayed into a blockbuster bout with Lesnar.

Overeem was guaranteed a “show purse” of $264,285 for UFC 141. He collected an additional $121,428 “win bonus” for beating Lesnar last month. Overeem was also in line to receive a $2 pay-per-view bonus per purchase “for all revenues received by UFC-Zuffa for telecast of the Lesnar fight in the United States, Canada or over the internet in excess of $500,000.”

Golden Glory believes they are owed a 30 percent commission on all of that dough.

Overeem ultimately received his UFC 141 paycheck, which lead GG to attempt a run at his PPV bonus.

“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,” the statement added. “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.”

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