Alistair Overeem answers a question at the UFC 141 press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at the MGM Grand Main Lobby in Las Vegas. Photo by Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Alistair Overeem, the #1 contender for Junior dos Santos and the UFC Heavyeight title, is in the news today, but not for good reasons. Overeem is set to stand trial in Nevada later this month on March 27. According to the Clark County Court website, Overeem's case will be decided in a bench trial, meaning the verdict will be determined by a judge without a jury.
Overeem is on trial for one misdemeanor battery charge from New Year's weekend. According to the charge, Overeem was involved in a confrontation at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel where he allegedly pushed a woman in the face. If convicted, he could face a $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison.
This isn't the first time Overeem has been linked to a public altercation. In 2009, Alistair and his brother Valentijn Overeem were reportedly involved in a nightclub brawl in Amsterdam that left Alistair and others injured.
I imagine the chances of Overeem actually serving jail time are quite slim here, but with his UFC 146 Heavyweight title fight with dos Santos coming up on May 26, I'm sure The Reem (and the UFC) will be happy to get this incident resolved and behind them.