Overeem Paid in Full; Golden Glory Still in Pursuit

January 3, 2012
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The legal dispute between current No. 1 UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem and his former management team at Knockout Investment (KOI) and Golden Glory continues despite a court order in Golden Glory’s favor late last week.

Golden Glory’s legal team at The Law Offices of Roderick J. Lindblom, APC, filed to have Overeem’s UFC 141 fight purse held due to the ongoing dispute between the two sides.

After splitting from his former team and management, Overeem filed a suit in 2011 alleging that Golden Glory hadn’t paid him some of his earnings due, as well as a bonus from when he signed with the UFC, among other issues. Golden Glory fired back, claiming that Overeem’s suit was a preemptive strike against them because they believed that Overeem had neglected to pay them commissions that he contractually agreed to.

Golden Glory’s team at Lidblom filed a lawsuit in Nevada last week to have a portion of Overeem’s purse withheld so that he wouldn’t take the money and head back to Holland after the fight. Despite a Nevada court issuing a pre-judgment writ of attachment and garnishment that did just that, Overeem was still paid his fight purse in full.

Although the judgment was ordered, KOI and Golden Glory were first required to post a $200,000 bond in order to activate the $241,000 hold on Overeem’s fight purse. Due to the last-minute nature of the order heading into a holiday weekend, KOI/Golden Glory was unable to post the bond in time, thus Zuffa/UFC was not required to withhold the money.

“This was a short-term possibility that KOI and Golden Glory were prepared for,” said Lindblom. “Seeking the initial writ was merely the first step in a long-term litigation strategy that KOI and Golden Glory will prosecute in Nevada. The writ of attachment remedy remains fully available to my clients and will be sought as to Mr. Overeem’s future pay-per-view payout, which we expect will be more lucrative than his initial fight purse.”

Overeem’s original lawsuit against KOI/Golden Glory has yet to reach a conclusion. So this strategy by KOI/Golden Glory is to have money from Overeem held up until an outcome is reached, in the hopes that the final determination is in Golden Glory’s favor, holding Overeem to a contract that requires him to pay management a percentage of his earnings.

Despite missing out on his UFC 141 earnings because of the bond, it’s apparent that KOI/Golden Glory now intends to use this approach on Overeem’s future fights as well.

“Rest assured,” said Lindblom, “now that we have had the opportunity to troubleshoot complex international hurdles — and without a long holiday weekend to contend with — future writs of attachment will be utilized to ensure that Mr. Overeem makes good on the commissions owed to my clients and his Golden Glory training team, who helped him achieve the success he now enjoys.”

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  • fitefan

    Man, this Team Golden Glory are a bunch of mafia thugs. I hope the UFC employs their legal team in defense of Overeem if they can. I like the fact that the UFC may have checked the fine print and found a loop hole to pay Overeem. I think Dana isn’t very fond of them after the whole Fedor thing.
    The statement ” to pay management fees, and training fees” can be something that has no ceiling on it. An unfair contract so to speak. I mean they could say, how much did you make? 387K, ok it was 300k for training fees, and room and board, transportation etc and another 100k for management fees.
    It just seems to me to be an open ended amount they can arbitrallily make up to get all the money.
    I hope the UFC does what it can, if it needs to, to protect Overeem so he can finish his MMA career in the UFC.
    I’ve heard alot of people speak negatively about Overeem’s abilities, and the opponents he’s beat. Here, in the UFC, he has an opportunity to achieve his full potential. Whether it be HW champion, #5 p4p fighter, just a top ten guy, or a complete lesner, I mean total failure.
    Whatever it may be, Overeem is finally in a place where we can truly see just exactly what caliber of fighter he has become. An opportunity to silence the critics, or to take his medicine.

    • phrankthetank

      I don’t think it’s as easy as good guy vs bad guy in this case. There was an interview with bas rutten and he gave his take on the whole situation, needless to say it was an eye opener. It’s important to get both sides of the story.

      • fitefan

        I don’t know much about TGG.
        We’ll see.
        The last minute suit to hold his pay certainly gives off a less than positive perception.
        If he’s guilty of a contract violation then they can collect against his estate and future earnings, but even that statement has some assumptions on my part.
        Still, its first impression is one of a bit of underhandedness.

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  • Matt Magick

    I do believe that just a couple months ago, UFC fired all fighters managed by TGG, including Lon Olav Einimo, even after an amazing debut fight with Dave Herman, so yeah they’re probably that bad. Although I do believe they’re total thugs, a good portion of blame has to be placed on Overeem for this one for entering into such a ridiculous contract. It’s not like he was a rookie or anything, he should have had a lawyer present for such a life-altering decision.