When Alistair Overeem left the two organizations in which he had won heavyweight titles -- Strikeforce and K-1 -- and signed an exclusive agreement with the UFC, one consideration was that he knew the UFC would actually pay him.
Overeem said on The MMA Hour that he still hasn't been paid for beating Peter Aerts to win the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Final.
"They didn't pay me," Overeem said. "It's a lot of money, I can tell you that."
"We're on the verge of starting up legal action, but Japan is a hard environment to move. You have the language barrier, you have the culture barrier. Are we expecting something from it? It's hard to say. I actually think it's going to be really hard. FEG has a lot of outstanding liabilities, a lot of unpaid bills, so maybe mine is just going to be put underneath the stack of the other bills. They have a lot of debt."
"There are a couple of guys who are interesting fights for me (if Overeem beats Lesnar, he would likely face the winning of the upcoming heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos) and those guys happen to be in the UFC.
"That is the big show these days. There were other fights out there, there were other options, but everybody has been sending me messages, hassling me, telling me go to the UFC, Alistair, when are you going to the UFC? ... I always want to fight the best guys, the best guys are in the UFC, so of course I want to fight in the UFC."
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