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Alistair Overeem never got paid

When Alistair Overeem signed on the dotted line with the UFC, he basically gave up all his extra-curricular activities, including his very successful kickboxing career. And this just after he became the K-1 World Grand Prix champion, too! How’d the UFC ever convince him to give up that lucrative position? Well, it helps that K-1 never paid him:

“They didn’t pay me,” Overeem said. “It’s a lot of money, I can tell you that.”

Overeem said he expects to take legal action against FEG, the parent company of K-1, but he’s skeptical that he’ll ever collect what he’s owed.

“We’re on the verge of starting up legal action, but Japan is a hard environment to move. You have the language barrier, you have the culture barrier. Are we expecting something from it? It’s hard to say. I actually think it’s going to be really hard. FEG has a lot of outstanding liabilities, a lot of unpaid bills, so maybe mine is just going to be put underneath the stack of the other bills. They have a lot of debt.”

Overeem said he feels even worse for Peter Aerts, whom Overeem knocked out to win the K-1 World Grand Prix, and who didn’t get paid anything.

“You get your ass kicked and you don’t get paid? That’s just a shame,” Overeem said.

It seems silly to me that such a cut and dry case of ‘Fuck you, pay me’ would still be difficult to win in Japan. Sure, Overeem ain’t lying when he says it’s a difficult environment to move around in. But we’re not talking about directing a cab to that sketchy sex club in Shibuya, or trying not to accidentally order fish anus in some restaurant. This is the country’s legal system. Can they really pull an “Ah so? Solly, no can herp you!” at the courthouse?

How about Japanese lawyers who also speak engrish? I can just imagine how that would go. “Mr Demolition-sama, our ancestors are great respect to prease your honor in such matters. Who owe you big America dollars? Oh, Yakuza backed K-1? Mmmmmmm solly, no can herp you!”

The only hope Alistair has is that the supposed new owners of K-1 aren’t the scumbags the former owners were. And since he’s now signed with the UFC and only the UFC, I have my doubts that they’re going to be in any rush to sort out his back payments.

  • iamphoenix

    he’s so dumb for fighting for them because has there ever been one fighter in the history of japan who was paid? I DON’T THINK SO BATMAN.

  • CAP

    Hmmmmm. Maybe that’s why the scene is falling apart.

  • agentsmith

    They didn’t even pay the champ.  L-O-fucking-L.

  • G Funk

    I love it when Hyan speaks many sentences in engrish.

  • pewnt

    And now Overeem has dumped Golden Glory….

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/d6skk5

  • KeyboardWarrior

    Shifty japs

  • CAP

    Dumping GG is some unexpected news. Sounds like Reem is coming to Amuurica.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So first IS and FEG get back into bed, now Overeem still isn’t paid despite them having new financial backers.  I hope we don’t hear about GG fighters like Zimmerman in the new GP they’re putting together.

    Oops.

  • fightlinker

    G Funk: You sure this is Hyan? Maybe I is faceless blogger man!

  • glassjawsh

    fuck his fighting career….does dropping GG mean the end of “THE REEM” ??!

    would suck a fart if it did

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Word, fuck countdown, they need the Reem on FOX.  That’ll sell some shit.

  • thingvolds

    the fertittas dont speak english when questioned about some of their activities also. must be an mma thing

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