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Alistair Overeem Still Hasn’t Been Paid for K-1 Grand Prix Win

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When fight promoters are willing to jeopardize their health by stiffing one of the baddest heavyweights in the world, you know they really don’t have the money. That’s the situation with Alistair Overeem, who revealed on last week’s edition of MMA Live that he still hasn’t been paid for his K-1 World Grand Prix win in December.

Of course, Overeem is far from the first fighter to be shortchanged while competing in Japan — but as their grand prix champ and one of their biggest stars, you’d think K-1 would do everything in their power to keep him happy. The news gives even more support to rumors that K-1 is heading for bankruptcy, as Dutch kickboxing promoter Simon Rutz claimed in an interview earlier this week.

As for the Japanese MMA scene, keep in mind that neither DREAM nor Sengoku have scheduled their first event in 2011 yet, and Sengoku has been mysteriously shedding talent. Between poor management and local fans simply moving on from MMA and kickboxing, are we witnessing the death knell of combat sports in Japan?

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David_Banner- February 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Well, considering Japan has seen a 40% rise in child abuse, its safe to say Japan is having serious problems on the home front. Add that to their love for pillaging the ocean, gleefully murdering Dolphins and Whales and trying so so hard to push Blue Fin Tuna into extinction, I say FUCK JAPAN. You can keep your drifting, that shit is gay anyway.
Dynamo- February 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Consider how old this video is, and he says 24-48 hours.. Have you (or anyone) actually checked if he's been paid yet?
kimbo- February 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm
ill fuck this pussy 1PUNCH im pound 4 pound best in the world no1 fucks wid me
Fuck You CagePotato- February 17, 2011 at 11:22 am
@ ReX13.

Yep, that's true. But a better site would make me more inclined to do that. But as it is now, CP doesn't seem to give a shit about me as a reader.

I'm frequently reading the swedish The top swedish mma site is way more taken care of and has a more lively community than CP. Remember, potential readership in Sweden is way smaller than that of CPs, but you get the feeling that they really care about what they're doing and also improving and maintaining the site, content, design etc.

Like I've written before, I really like CP, I've come here every day for a long time. What nags me though is that the CP staff are only concentrating their efforts to writing posts (usually very good posts btw) and doesn't seem to give a fuck about the rest of the site. With a very small effort (and som love) this site could be better, and in the end of course make some more money.

Now it's just a slighlty amusing and informative mmablog.

Nobody elese thinks this, am I really alone? Everynone think all is perfect as it is?
DaveT- February 17, 2011 at 11:01 am
Why would a top fighter would enter a tournament without the purse being held in escrow? Or, at minimum some type of bond or insurance that guarantees payment. I think it's time for Overreem to get a better lawyer to review his contracts before signing them.

Good luck with your payment Overreem. You deserve it!
12to6Lbows- February 17, 2011 at 10:33 am
I love this site. But hey, haters goin hate.
mat84- February 17, 2011 at 10:18 am
i fuckin love this site i visit it first thing in the morning and through out the day
1234- February 17, 2011 at 9:15 am
UFC can't continue to not sign fighters and keep that exclusivity clause, guys are afraid of getting cotured, There might be a fight outside the UFC with top talent that could make you millions and your stuck fighting Tim Sylvia for UFC pay. Too much control. Its like joining the army the UFC owns your ass. lossen that shit up and get some of these fighters in there UFC.

Still can't believe Jones is a Favorite I bet a shit load on Shogun Hope he comes in healthy.
ReX13- February 17, 2011 at 9:15 am
FUCP >> You know, you *could* help make the forums and fighterwiki better.

Or you could just say it sucks and leave it at that. It's whatever, bro.
Fuck You CagePotato- February 17, 2011 at 9:09 am
@ ReX13

Ok,I've visited the categories on top. Not impressed.
I can see why Videos adn Ring Grils can be good for SEO-reasons, but other than that I don't think it adds anything to the site.

The forum sucks balls, because there's no activity.
The Fighter wiki is actually pretty nice, but who uses it? My guess is: Scarcely nobody

ANyway, my main point is that CP is doing a lazy/haphazard job of developing and maintaining this site.

When was the last time anyone Digg'd an article here?
RwilsonR- February 17, 2011 at 9:04 am
So when Overeem says that the UFC would need to pay him a lot of money to fight exclusively for them because of all the money he would lose out on by not fighting in all of the other areas that interest him, that was just a negotiating tactic? Way to tip hand to Dana White before you even win this tournament, Reem.
Fried Taco- February 17, 2011 at 8:54 am
local fans simply moving on from MMA and kickboxing where are they moving on to? I'm sure they're tired of Sumo wrestling as well. Is there some new anime fight league popping up?
ReX13- February 17, 2011 at 8:49 am
Fuck You CagePotato Says:
"I mean the categories on the top of the site: Videos, Ring Girls, Forum, Fighters!!?!?!"

I’m never clicking that shit, probably never will. If nobody uses it – get rid of it!


Why not? Videos and Ring Girls are basically just tags that bring up (wait for it) posts with videos and ring girls respectively.

The forum is a scary place full of assholes. Don't go there. Please.

"Fighters" is just the CagePotato Fighter Wiki, written by the Potato Nation. There's actually some funny shit in the Wiki, FWIW...
alicks- February 17, 2011 at 8:29 am
@John_R: Except if you watch the video, Overeem says: "By the contract they have 48 hours to pay me."
Fuck You CagePotato- February 17, 2011 at 8:27 am
@ 831 Father:

Yep, the mobile site is bad, bad, bad.
But this also goes for the whole CagePotato site, I think. I love this place and have probably come here every day for the last two years, but the site is really outdated. I don't know if the guys running this place have stopped caring, because it's been like this for a long time...

I mean the categories on the top of the site: Videos, Ring Girls, Forum, Fighters!!?!?!

I'm never clicking that shit, probably never will. If nobody uses it - get rid of it!
That's just one thing, but there are so mny improvements that EASILY could be made, to make this a truly kickass mma site, but instead it seems like it is slowly deteriorating into just another mma blog...

I feel like many readers of CP are passionate about this place and want it to be better.
sniffer-piffits- February 17, 2011 at 8:24 am
25 cm pole is lying about his user name.... Heard it hear first... Tomorrow a bear will shit in the woods... Heard it hear first...
John_R- February 17, 2011 at 8:19 am
how's that a big shock he hasn't been paid, prizemoney for most competitions can take anything from instantly upto 8-12months... In industries i've worked with for winning prizemoney i've waited at least 6-8months for prizemoney - I know this is MMA but still contractually most companies have a wait preriod, unless stated otherwise. Bit of a missinformed news post.
Turd Furgeson- February 17, 2011 at 8:10 am
@25 cm pole

You are definitely not the first place I heard that.
EC- February 17, 2011 at 8:07 am
Ubereem always seems introspective, cool, and down to earth (except when he's beating the shit out of bouncers).
cookie- February 17, 2011 at 7:52 am
it will be very sad if japan's promotions will go down, there will be no diversity in mma, only UFC and strikeforce (if not for limited time only)
cookie- February 17, 2011 at 7:46 am
3rd bitches
831 Father- February 17, 2011 at 7:45 am
I don't know if it's a priority but the CP mobile site is kinda outdated:
25 cm pole- February 17, 2011 at 7:43 am
Overeem will win the grand prix, you heard it here first
25 cm pole- February 17, 2011 at 7:42 am