It looks like Alistair Overeem’s next fight is going to come against his former team and management Golden Glory, not Junior dos Santos.
Overeem has been reluctant to speak about the situation with Golden Glory since their surprising split late last year, but now that the Brock Lesnar fight is behind him, he is ready to start talking. His attorneys at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP issued the following press release yesterday explaining Overeem’s stance on the situation and his intentions moving forward.
“[Alistair] has avoided comment up to now for many reasons. First, Alistair believes that the split between himself and Golden Glory should be kept between the parties. Although he has been tempted to expose ongoing problems with Golden Glory’s business, its poor relationship with some of its remaining fighters, and the deep betrayal he has experienced in recent years, he has chosen not to air the specifics of those facts.
“Second, Alistair was singularly focused on his fight with Brock Lesnar. Third, Alistair does not want to disrupt Golden Glory’s ongoing business operations. Fourth, Alistair believes that commenting on the litigation lacks professionalism. Golden Glory continues to take action by press release, through public comment and in the litigation in an apparent attempt to derail Alistair’s career.
“Now that Alistair has defeated Brock Lesnar, he feels compelled to speak up. You will hear from Alistair on many of these topics directly. We can say that Alistair and his legal team are very confident in the legal positions he has taken or will take in the California and Nevada litigation. Alistair is looking forward to having a judge or jury determine the merits of his position in this litigation.
“Although overtures regarding resolution of the lawsuits have been made by Golden Glory, Alistair believes it is important to see this matter to conclusion, not just for himself, but for other Golden Glory fighters, the UFC and its fans.”
It’s pretty clear at this point that neither party is going to back down, and unfortunately, it’s probably going to get pretty ugly as disputes over money typically do. All I know is it’s a confusing, complicated mess and I’d hate to be the judge who’s tasked with sorting it all out.
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