Tuesday, January 31, 2012

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem seeking justice "at all costs" against former management group Golden Glory

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Alistair Overeem's legal team issued a public response this week to the lawsuit filed by Golden Glory against the new number one contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Now, he's discussed his side of things a little further in an interview with MMAWeekly.com.

"This is not a personal affair, however it is true that what Golden Glory did is damaging and very unprofessional," Overeem said. "I tried to resolve this situation through ongoing negotiations, but when they put my fight contract on the Internet and attempted to freeze my fight purse right before a very important fight, the negotiations came to a halt. It is time to go to court, and I will seek justice at all costs."

Golden Glory has gone after Overeem's character in the wake of their split last fall, but Overeem is confident that when the information in this case comes out, the truth will be with him.

"They may have attempted to bring my character into question, but that is simply a failed and shortsighted tactic because when all of the facts are revealed and everything becomes public in court, it will be Golden Glory's character and business practices that will be brought into question," he said. "I have the truth and the law on my side in this matter, they know that, and soon so will everyone else... I have spent a lot of years with Golden Glory, however I've learned recently that Golden Glory management has been dishonest with me on many occasions. This has made me determined to do whatever it takes to get the justice that I deserve."

"This is the great thing about the U.S. Court system, you can't hide facts or details. There is no doubt the law is on my side and the world will soon understand why I am upset and why I won't settle until justice is accomplished."

Penick's Analysis: Overeem's getting a little more vocal about the situation, and as it gets closer to being played out in court instead of simply the court of public opinion more information will come to light. Obviously without truly knowing what happened between the two sides or what either of them truly did to one another, it's impossible to judge either side in any harsh or decisive manner. For Overeem's sake, I hope whatever comes out doesn't affect him in the cage when he does fight again, much as it didn't affect him in December.

[Alistair Overeem art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12302.shtml

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