UFC Fighter Alistair Overeem Faces Battery Charge

January 31, 2012
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UFC heavyweight and No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem has been charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident over New Year’s weekend in Las Vegas.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Overeem was cited by the Las Vegas Police Department for allegedly shoving a woman in the face at the Wynn Las Vegas on Jan. 2 at 3 a.m.

Overeem has obtained criminal defense attorney David Chesnoff to handle the case.

“There are two sides to every story,” Chesnoff told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “and we intend on vigorously defending this. Alistair maintains his innocence.”

The report also states Overeem is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21 at 8 a.m., but the Clark County Office of the District Attorney tells MMAWeekly.com they have no record of such a hearing. Clark County court records also show no scheduled date.

MMAWeekly.com attempted contacting Chesnoff, but he was unavailable for comment at the time of this publication.

The last MMA and UFC fans saw of Overeem was in his Octagon debut at UFC 141, the same weekend of the alleged incident, where he TKO’d former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the first round of their main event bout.

Prior to the Lesnar fight, Overeem made waves in combat sports by collecting heavyweight titles in Strikeforce and Dream, as well as winning the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix.

Next on Overeem’s list of gold belts he’d like to own is the UFC heavyweight championship currently held by Junior dos Santos. The two are destined to meet sometime later this year at a yet-to-be-announced date and venue.

MMAWeekly.com will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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  • PlainWhiteDUDE

    If he really shoved a woman in her face, her head would be missing. Check to see his she’s headless.

    • b-soc

      LOL!! I have to agree. He would break the average man’s head off with a shove.

  • RubeKegal

    I thought it was a rape charge filed by Brock Lesnar 🙂

    • TKD


  • Lesnardo

    I laughed at this.

    My guess is that it was a light contact. Otherwise, yes, she would be dead.

  • lawrensco

    lol and whatever little contact it was, she most likely deserved it.

  • He’s got a good attorney, this will go away.

  • MuayThaiFood

    Probably all on security cameras.

  • Danjitsu

    Talk to the hand?

  • MikeMc1983

    There’s always two sides to a story.
    He probably told her to do something, and she talked back.
    Women these days…
    Men, we should blame ourselves. Our grandfathers allowed them to vote. Now they think they should be able to sue… It’s is totally out of control.
    But again. We must blame ourselves. How are they suppose to know their place without us showing them. 😉

  • jtmma

    He should have kicked her in the liver.

    • MikeMc1983

      Maybe… It all depends on how out of line she got. 😉

    • TKD

      Why not? It made Lesnar run away!

  • bbtakayama

    Most women prefer to be shoved in the back of their head, not their face.

  • pooby

    Alistair doesn’t need an attorney, simple logic proves his innocence:

    1. The fact the “victim” filed a lawsuit proves she is alive.

    2. The fact she is alive proves Alistair did not attack her.

    Case Closed.

    • MikeMc1983

      I don’t know. It could have been cyborg… But I thought I remember the victim referred to as a lady so probably not.
      Maybe, overeem went to one of Brett Rodgers “how to make a happier home” seminars. 😉

    • What leads you to believe she filed a lawsuit?

  • UFCFightBlogger

    We do not know for sure what happened but the woman has not filed a lawsuit yet. She might though if she thinks she can win a settlement in court or out of it.

    Check out my site here http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/

  • UFCFightBlogger

    We do not know for sure what happened but the woman has not filed a lawsuit yet. She might though if she thinks she can win a settlement in court or out of it.

  • jmat13

    This is just what I think happened. A girl that was a Lesnar fan had a little to much to drink and got in Reem’s face a bit. He put his hands up and in the nature of public violence she thought he hit her. After parties are pretty much all about drinking. If he would have hit a girl in a public place he wouldn’t be facing charges. He would have been arrested, released on bail and also charged. If it was true the headline would have been “UFC figher released on $50,000 bail.”

  • He probably wasn’t arrested because no one wanted to try and cuff him. You’d need a taser hooked to a car battery.