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Overeem and Golden Glory execs to meet for talks next week

Overeem and Golden Glory execs to meet for talks next week
July 13th 2012

Alistair Overeem is to have meetings with Golden Glory executives in Las Vegas this week, Fighters Only has learned.

The heavyweight fighter split with the elite European team shortly after signing with the UFC, leading to a contract dispute between the two sides.

Overeem and Golden Glory - via its ‘Knock Out Investments’ sub-division - both sued each other for breach of contract and claims of unpaid monies.

The lawsuits, filed in Nevada, are still ongoing but next week’s meeting is aimed at finding a mutually agreeable solution without recourse to the courts.

Overeem is presently on hiatus from competition after failing a drug test in March; he has been suspended until December 27.

When he returns he is expected to go straight into a title shot against champion Junior Dos Santos, assuming he still holds the belt by then.

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Overeem debuted for the UFC in December with a demolition job on former champion Brock Lesnar.

A K-1 Grand Prix winner, Overeem’s background with the Golden Glory team means he is the best striker in the heavyweight division with a liking for big knees to the midsection.

He claims Dos Santos was “happy” when their UFC 146 meeting was called off by the failed test and has accused the heavyweight champion of being “scared” of him.

For his part, Dos Santos has accused Overeem of being “a steroid cheat”, setting the scene nicely for a showdown when Overeem returns to action.

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