Report: Overeem Charged with Misdemeanor Battery in Las Vegas

By Mike Whitman Jan 31, 2012
UFC heavyweight No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, according to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The alleged incident reportedly occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on Jan. 2 at Wynn Las Vegas, a large casino-resort. According to the report, Overeem allegedly “pushed or shoved a woman in the face, causing her to fall back.”

Overeem, 31, could face a maximum penalty of six months in the Clark County Detention Center and not more than a $1,000 fine, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The fighter is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21 and has retained Las Vegas defense attorney David Chesnoff.

“Alistair was not arrested, but was summoned to court,” Chesnoff stated in the report. “There are two sides to this story, and we intend on vigorously defending this. Alistair maintains his innocence.”

The Dutch knockout artist defeated Brock Lesnar on Dec. 30 in the main event of UFC 141, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, felling the onetime heavyweight ruler with a kick to the liver in round one.

With the victory, the former Strikeforce and Dream champion earned his shot at reigning UFC titleholder Junior dos Santos, though it is currently unknown when the two striking specialists will collide.
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