The legal troubles of UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem continue to mount, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported today that the Dutch fighter has been charged with misdemeanor assault for shoving an unnamed woman in public.
According to Las Vegas police, Overeem allegedly shoved a woman in the face at about 3 a.m. On January 2, just a few days after the victory over Brock Lesnar that put him in position to challenge for the title. The shove from Overeem, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs in excess of 260 pounds, caused the woman to stagger backward.
The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion faces up to six months in jail if convicted, plus a fine of up to $1,000. Overeem is scheduled to appear Feb. 21 in court, where his representatives expressed confidence that he will be exonerated.
“Alistair was not arrested, but was summoned to court,” Las Vegas-based defense attorney David Chesnoff said in the Review-Journal. “There are two sides to this story and we intend on vigorously defending this.â€
Overeem has found himself on the business end of legal complaints often in the past year. The heavyweight is also currently embattled in a civil lawsuit by his former management team at Golden Glory.
The suit alleges that Overeem failed to pay the proper commission to Golden Glory parent company Knock Out Investments following his victory against Fabricio Werdum in the Strikeforce: Dallas event last summer.
Rumors are currently running wild as to how the mounting time in court will effect Overeem’s training. Overeem is currently slated to face Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight strap later this year.