Golden Glory responded to Alistair Overeem Thursday. | Photo: Dave Mandel
A longtime member of the Netherlands-based fight team and management firm, Overeem publicly severed ties with Golden Glory on Sept. 20. The Dutch knockout artist filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, suing for undisclosed damages.
Representing Golden Glory and KOI, Lindblom issued the following release on Thursday:
“We are currently in receipt of a copy of Mr. Overeem's lawsuit, and our clients are assessing all available defenses and counterclaims.
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.”
Overeem has not lost a fight since 2007. The onetime Pride Fighting Championships standout has been on a tear as of late, winning the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix in addition to capturing titles in Strikeforce and Dream. “The Demolition Man” was not as dominant in his most recent outing, however, as he earned a lackluster unanimous decision victory over Fabricio Werdum in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix quarterfinals on June 18.view original article >>
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