TMZ reported that yesterday Alistair Overeem sued his former management team for an uspecified amount. Overeem, who fights Brock Lesnar next month at UFC 141, alleges Golden Glory misled him to sign a bad contract – he ceded 35 percent of his pre-tax earnings for management in the deal – and owes him more than $151,000 in back pay. He is also asking for a court order to break the contract.
NowKnock Out Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory fire back, in a statement released by their attorneys:
"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.
"KOI and Golden Glory are respected organizations committed to securing the best fight deals and training for their team of fighters. Mr. Overeem's continued suggestions to the contrary are scurrilous and will be vigorously defended in the proper forum.
"Alistair Overeem is a striker – he wants to throw the first punch. But this misguided decision to file a lawsuit as a preemptive strike leaves Mr. Overeem vulnerable in ways our clients wished to avoid."
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