Overeem Charged With Battery In Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship star Alistair Overeem has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident at Wynn Las Vegas over New Year’s weekend, according to Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

If convicted, the heavyweight title challenger faces a maximum of six months in the Clark County Detention Center and not more than a $1,000 fine.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Overeem is scheduled to appear in court at 8 a.m. on Feb. 21.

A citation issued by Las Vegas police stated at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 2, Overeem pushed or shoved a woman in the face, “causing her to stagger back.”

Overeem has retained famed Las Vegas defense attorney David Chesnoff.

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

Overeem, 31, was in Las Vegas after knocking out Brock Lesnar in the first round of the main event of UFC 141 at the MGM Grand on Dec. 30.

The win, which came in the UFC debut for the former Strikeforce and Dream heavyweight champion, set up Overeem to fight champion Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight belt this year on a card yet to be announced.

Representatives from the UFC declined to comment on the matter.

Perhaps this is just me, but this sounds like a money grab to me, in light of the date that the summons took place.

Granted, Overeem is no angel. However, I find it curious that the timing is nearly a month from the alleged incident. Things should become more transparent in about three weeks time or so. When more information becomes available, Octagon Buzz will being it to you.

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