Friday wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Alistair Overeem, as the UFC’s newest heavyweight contender found out yesterday he was being sued by his former management team, Golden Glory.
Overeem downed former UFC champion Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem last night from Las Vegas, Nevada. “The Reem” will next face UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos in 2012, at least as far as an opponent in the Octagon goes.
Earlier this year Overeem left Golden Glory, citing problems with how his money was being handled and his fight career. During last night’s post-fight press conference Overeem found out for the first time that his purse from the bout with Lesnar was being frozen until his legal matters could be figured out.
“The suit was filed for a very simple reason. Alistair Overeem has been part of Golden Glory for eleven years. Knockout Investment has a management contract with him. The management agreement was from 2007 until 2012,” Roderick J. Lindblom, Golden Glory’s legal rep, said in a prepared statement to media. “They negotiated one of the largest MMA agreements in the history of the sport for him. And within days, he accused them of some pretty shady stuff that is not true. And he has walked away from his contract.”
Lindblom released another statement about the timing of the lawsuit, citing payment going to a fighter within 24 hours of a bout as the reason for the claim being made right before Overeem’s UFC debut.
It has been reported that Overeem may only receive about $20,000 of his $350,000+ salary from last night’s win against Lesnar until the matter has been sorted out.
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