Top UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has been charged with misdemeanor battery, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.
The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion faces up to six months in jail if convicted, plus a fine of up to $1,000.
According to Las Vegas police, Overeem allegedly shoved a woman in the face at about 3 a.m. local time Jan. 2. The shove from Overeem, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs in excess of 260 pounds, caused the woman to stagger backward.
Overeem is scheduled to appear Feb. 21 in court.
“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.
“Alistair maintains his innocence.”
Shoving a woman ‘in the face’, huh? In Holland that’s called a gezichtduwen and being given one is considered a form of good luck, even better than the meisjegooiens Alistair performs in Japan. This isn’t the first time Alistair has been involved in some sketchy business while out on the town. Back in 2009 he almost lost his shoving hand in a bar brawl with bouncers:
“Alistair attended some famous dance club with his brother Valentine. Went to the toilet and did not have coins to pay the toilet woman. Alistair told her he would pay a euro when he came back, because he did not have change. Then the security guard who was near by started to get involved,” he wrote.
“Brother Valentine saw the incident and also started asking what the problem was. They offered to pay, but by then 6 security guards came over surrounding them. The Overeem brothers were asked to leave, Alistair was already outside when he saw his brother Valentine fighting.
“Valentine still was discussing the situation on his way outside with one of the security guards hit Valentine in the face with a flash light. Three security guards dived onto Valentine and brother Alistair wanted to go back inside to help his brother. This resulted in five security guards in the hospital.”
To be fair, not having coins for the Toilet Woman is almost as rude in Europe as a hefty gezichtduwen is in North America. Poor Alistair, always on the wrong end of local customs.