UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem is no stranger to the ring but recently found himself fighting for another cause inside an arena definitely outside of his expertise when the 31-year old’s name surfaced today in a Las Vegas court room relating to a January 2 misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an incident where he was alleged to having shoved a woman in her face. Overeem was still in town enjoying the scene after notching a TKO win over Brock Lesnar days earlier at UFC 141.
Though the hulking Dutchman could face jail time for the lapse in judgment he’ll at least avoid going behind bars for the immediate future. Overeem will have to do 50 hours of community service and complete an anger management course before September to have a 90 day suspended sentence dismissed.
The move frees “The Demolition Man” up to focus on competing against Junior dos Santos on May 26 at UFC 146 for the divisional title. Overeem earned the opportunity with his victory over Lesnar in addition to an eleven-fight winning streak featuring success against the likes of Mark Hunt, Brett Rogers, and Fabricio Werdum. He holds an overall record of 36-11 with 34 finishing performances.
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