Ultimate Fighting Championship number one contender Alistair Overeem has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, as a result of an altercation that took place a few days after his UFC 141 destruction of former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar.
According to Las Vegas police, Overeem allegedly pushed a woman in the face on Jan. 2, “causing her to stagger back.” The Dutchman wasn’t arrested by the attending officers, but he was issued a citation regarding the incident. Overeem is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21.
Overeem has hired attorney David Chesnoff to handle the proceedings, while maintaining his innocence.
“Alistair was not arrested, but was summoned to court,” Chesnoff said about the charges. “There are two sides to this story and we intend on vigorously defending this. Alistair maintains his innocence.”
Overeem is scheduled to face current heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos later on in the year, and his legal woes might end affecting the timing of the bout.
Given the fact Alistair has always carried himself as a consummate professional, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Overeem is one of the strongest heavyweights in the sport of MMA, and it’s hard to believe an intentional shove by the former Strikeforce champion would result in the victim merely being staggered. Just ask Brett Rogers, the 262 pound heavyweight MMA fighter, whom Overeem shoved around like a ragdoll during their 2010 encounter.
I’m not a lawyer, but the fact Alistair wasn’t arrested at the scene, might indicate a lack of strong evidence. In typical battery cases, the perpetrator is usually arrested if the person making the allegation shows any sign of physical abuse.
Still, if convicted, Overeem faces up to six months in the Clark County Detention Center and up to a $1000 fine. I doubt that will be the case though, as I’m yet to find any serious evidence that indicates any wrong doing on Overeem’s part.