and his former management at Golden Glory have settled
their respective lawsuits in California and Nevada.
The news was announced by Golden Glory’s lead counsel, Rick
Lindblom, on Tuesday.
A longtime member of the Golden Glory gym, Overeem severed ties
with the Netherlands-based fight team and management firm in
September of last year and filed suit that November against Golden
Glory parent company Knockout Investments (KOI) in Los Angeles
Superior Court, alleging that the team owed him $151,000 in back
In response, KOI countersued Overeem in Nevada’s Clark County Civil
Court before “The Demolition Man” fought former UFC heavyweight
Lesnar at UFC
141, alleging that Overeem breached his contract when he failed
to pay Golden Glory a 30 percent commission following his victory
Werdum in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix
“Everyone worked extremely hard to resolve these matters so that
KOI, Golden Glory and [Golden Glory founder] Bas Boon can walk away
and move forward with the Glory World Series Promotion in Europe,
Japan and the USA, and Alistair
Overeem can concentrate on his fighting career with his new
manager Glenn Robinson at Authentic Sports Management and his new
team, the Blackzilians,” Lindblom stated in the release.
Overeem won the Strikeforce heavyweight title in 2007 and
successfully defended his belt against the heavy-handed Brett
Rogers in 2010. The 32-year-old signed with the UFC in
September 2011, three months after his unanimous decision victory
over Werdum and subsequent release from Strikeforce.
Following his first-round knockout of Lesnar, Overeem was scheduled
to challenge Junior dos
Santos for the UFC heavyweight crown this past May. However,
the Dutchman was removed from that UFC 146 booking after he failed
a pre-fight drug test that prompted the Nevada Athletic commission
to suspend the fighter for nine months. Overeem is now slated to
return to the Octagon against former EliteXC titlist Antonio
Silva on Feb. 2 at UFC
156, provided “The Reem” is granted a license by NAC after his
suspension ends next month.
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