Alistair Overeem receives full UFC purse
Despite a court order calling for over 90 percent of Alistair Overeem's guaranteed purse to be held in escrow following his fight on Friday against Brock Lesnar, the 31-year-old Dutch heavyweight was paid in full.
A Nevada court, citing an existing and enforceable pact between Overeem and Knock Out Investments, a fighter management group, decreed that UFC parent company Zuffa "is directed to issue a check from the portion of the purse owed to Overeem in the respective amount of $241,285.49, made payable to Knock-Out Investments; and that the Nevada State Athletic Commission shall hold" the check pending further order of the court.
That order was contingent on KOI, also known as Golden Glory, posting a $200,000 surety bond by fight time.
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer told ESPN.com it was his understanding that the bond was not posted, therefore Overeem received a check for $385,714.28 -- his bout fee and win bonus. Overeem will also earn a signficiant portion of UFC 141's pay-per-view proceeds.
But the attorney for KOI/Golden Glory, Roderick J. Lindblom, said the UFC paid Overeem in full immediately after his win Friday night prior to posting the bond.
KOI/Golden Glory filed suit against Overeem in Nevada on Thursday, citing breach of contract claims. The Dutch management firm stated because it negotiated Overeem's current contract with the UFC, which calls for three guaranteed bouts with a potential extension to eight, it is owed 30 percent of Overeem's compensation, a fee agreed upon when the fighter signed a five-year management contract, over the life of the deal.
A court-ordered writ of attachment was sought on Friday, said Lindblom, because of the risk that Overeem would not pay a commission to the management company with which he was closely associated for 11 years.
Filing suit against Overeem "was merely the first step in a long-term litigation strategy that KOI and Golden Glory will prosecute in Nevada," Lindblom said in a statement released Monday night. "The writ of attachment remedy remains fully available to my clients and will be sought as to Mr. Overeem's future pay-per-view payout, which we expect will be more lucrative than his initial fight purse."
Last November, Overeem sued KOI/Golden Glory over breach of contract claims.
Josh Gross is a mixed martial arts writer for ESPN.com.
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