Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem recently filed a lawsuit against his former management Golden Glory and Knock Out Investments. Golden Glory on Thursday released a statement saying that Overeem’s actions are actually a response to their claims against him.
Overeem is suing his former managers after signing a contract that paid Golden Glory 35-percent of his pre-tax income for their services, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.com.
Overeem claims in the lawsuit filed to LA County Superior Court that Golden Glory also duped him into signing a bogus MMA contract, while also trying to book him into fights when he wasn’t healthy enough to perform. The lawsuit states that the managers at Golden Glory failed to pay him more than $151,000 in earnings as well as a bonus he received when signing with the UFC earlier this year.
“We are currently in receipt of a copy of Mr. Overeem’s lawsuit and our clients are assessing all available defenses and counterclaims,” read the statement from Golden Glory’s legal counsel at The Law Offices of Roderick J. Lindblom, APC.
“This lawsuit is a preemptive action on the part of Mr. Overeem and his counsel in response to KOI’s recent notification to Mr. Overeem of numerous violations by him of his management agreement with KOI, including but not limited to his failure to pay commissions for past fights and endorsement deals secured by KOI and Golden Glory.”
So it would seem that Overeem and Golden Glory are making similar claims against the other, saying that each has failed to live up to their contractual terms. Golden Glory, according to their statement, seemed to want to avoid a legal dispute.
“This misguided decision to file a lawsuit as a preemptive strike leaves Mr. Overeem vulnerable in ways our clients wished to avoid.”
It appears that avoiding a legal clash, however, isn’t going to happen.