More on Overeem-Golden Glory contract
January 6, 2012
The lawsuit filed by Golden Glory against Alistair Overeem in Clark County, Nevada last week included the Golden Glory-Overeem contract.
As The Fight Lawyer points out, this lawsuit is not the same as Overeem’s lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in November. A summary of that lawsuit is here. However, both lawsuits relate to the contract dispute the UFC Heavyweight had with his former gym.
The contract attached to the Nevada lawsuit is interesting insight into the terms and conditions Knockout Investments (KOI) and Golden Glory (GG) had with Overeem. An initial impression is that it was not drafted by an attorney and has certain clauses which seem one-sided and unenforceable. Yet, we presume that Overeem signed the contract with knowledge of its terms.
Here are some interesting tidbits from the Nevada lawsuit:
- The 2007 contract with Overeem was set for 5 years. KOI/GG would receive 30% of essentially everything made by the fighter.
- In paragraph 34 of the Complaint, it states that Overeem receives $2.00 per view for sales in excess of $500,000 in the United States, Canada and online. Later in the Complaint, it claims that Lorenzo Fertitta told Overeem that the $1 million signing bonus was Overeem’s and that KOI/GG was “ripping him off.”
- The terms of the UFC contract also includes a $1 million “signing bonus” paid over the first 3 fights of Overeem’s contract. Overeem’s contract guarantees the first 3 fights and could “potentially” cover 8 fights. Here, it appears that the UFC has the option to pick up the additional 5 fights.
- In addition to the UFC-Zuffa contract, the Complaint indicates that there is a separate Merchandise Rights Agreement. No known value was stated although its believed to be in excess of $100,000.
- Overeem made $50,000 from sponsorships from his June 2011 fight with Fabricio Werdum. Of which, KOI/GG demand 30% or $11,000. In addition, Overeem did not pay KOI/GG its cut of Overeem’s fight purse for the Strikeforce fight. Basically, Overeem was paid for his June Strikeforce fight and withheld payment to KOI/GG because he believed that his then managers owed him money.
- Article 10 of the contract includes a monetary penalty for violation of the contract. A $10,000 penalty plus a $5,000 per day penalty for each day the contract is in violation. It also states that the fine “can’t be lowered by any legal authority.”
Here is a further explanation of the Nevada lawsuit from F4WOnline (subscription required):
Knock Out Investments claimed that due to Overeem’s existing five-year contract with them that was signed in 2007, they are entitled to 30%. 30% of [Overeem’s] pay between all the money he got for UFC 141 is $684,000, so they are fighting for a huge chunk of change. They also alleged Overeem never paid them their 30% from the 6/18 fight with Fabricio Werdum. Overeem had already, in November, filed suit against Knock Out Investments, claiming they owed him $151,000 prior to the Werdum fight based on fights he already had, and asked for a court order stating that due to that, his contract should be null and void. Prior to the Werdum fight, almost all of Overeem’s fight money, whether it was from Japan or previously with Strikeforce, was sent to Knock Out Investments and then after they got paid and took their cut, they paid their fighters. Zuffa, after purchasing Strikeforce, refused to continue that practice, stating that they were going to pay fighters and not management teams. At one point Zuffa even fired all of the Golden Glory fighters, including Overeem, because Golden Glory made the demand that they wanted the money to be paid to them. After firing a number of fighters, Overeem included, Golden Glory relented and agreed to let Zuffa pay the fighters. By that time Overeem had been fired and removed from the Strikeforce tournament, and at the time nobody knew the future of Strikeforce and Overeem would have been far more valuable on the UFC side.
“The reality is that a fighter is paid within 24 hours of the bout,” wrote Knock Out Investments attorney Roderick Lindblom. “Given past failure to pay management and training fees, there is serious concern on my client’s part that Mr. Overeem will simply walkaway with the money.”
An explanation of what occurred regarding the failure to recoup UFC 141’s payment is here. Essentially, a surety bond needed for garnishment after the order was issued was never secured.
One has to wonder why Overeem agreed to some of the terms of the contract and whether he had his own legal counsel look over the contract. Notably, Overeem was granted a $1 million signing bonuses (spread over the course of 3 UFC fights) after he was released from Strikeforce. What interests most people with the terms of Overeem’s Zuffa-UFC contract is the PPV points he received for UFC 141. Its rare that the general public get to see the portion fighters receive for PPVs. One might assume that Brock Lesnar received more of a portion of the PPV revenue due to his status with the company.