Two days after bashing Golden Glory, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem (Pictured) has filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court against his longtime management team.
According to TMZ, Overeem naively agreed to give his managers 35 percent of his pre-tax income in exchange for their services. However, the former Strikeforce champion claims Golden Glory didn’t hold up their end of the bargain.
Overeem accuses GG of neglecting to pay him more than $150,000 in earnings, including a massive bonus for signing with the UFC in September. “The Demolition Man” dumped Golden Glory exactly two weeks after coming to terms with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
He also blames the Netherlands-based management team of trying to book him in high-profile fights when he wasn’t healthy enough to compete.
Golden Glory made waves in the MMA world in July when their long-standing payment policies were made public. They insist on getting paid directly from fight promotions so they can then distribute the funds to their athletes.
Unfortunately for GG and their clients, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, have never operated in that fashion. Zuffa subsequently cut ties with multiple Golden Glory fighters because they insist on paying the competitors directly.
Overeem is suing for unspecified damages and wants a court order to cancel his contract with Golden Glory.
The 31-year-old is slated to make his Octagon debut against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141. The December 30th scrap will serve as a heavyweight top contender contest.