In the latest episode of “The Reem,” former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (Pictured) details his split with long-time management team Golden Glory and his decision to join Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“A month ago, I split with Golden Glory” Overeem stated. “This was due to the result of a year-and-a-half, two years of small dissatisfaction points. There has been issues in the past, sometimes small, sometimes big. Overall, we always worked them out.
“During the contract negotiations with the UFC, something happened – and I’m not going to go into details because then the story is going to become a little too complicated – something happened that I found out by myself, that was kept secret from me.”
Bas Boon was negotiating Overeem’s new deal from Thailand and tried to keep his client up to speed on a regular basis. However, because Boon was overseas, Overeem sought legal advise in the States to ensure nothing was slipping through the cracks.
“Because Bas wasn’t there, I hired a lawyer to go through the contract with me, step-by-step,” Overeem shared. “What me and the lawyer found out were there were details in the contact that were to my disadvantage, that were advantage to Golden Glory, which were also not explained to me by Golden Glory – particularly Bas because I had daily contact with him over the phone and email.
“They were not doing their job. Not only that, it was such a disadvantage that it also caused a breach in trust. I like to work with people I can trust. This UFC contact is the biggest contract in my life. It’s the biggest moment in my life. The biggest fights are coming now. There can’t be miscommunications, it has to be clear.
“For me, they are not a good management, they are a bad management, they are a harmful management.”
With his UFC 141 bout against Brock Lesnar looming, and his troubles with GG in his rear-view mirror, the Dutchman understood that he needed to solidify his wrestling game. After flirting with Mark Munoz’s Reign Training Center in Southern California, Overeem ultimately decided Xtreme Couture was the place to be.
Overeem makes his highly-anticipated Octagon debut on December 30th inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.