The UFC and heavyweight star Alistair Overeem dodged a bullet on Tuesday in a Las Vegas courtroom when the title-contender’s case for misdemeanor battery charges was resolved without mandatory jail time. Overeem has a bout with divisional champion Junior dos Santos in late May and could have seen it jeopardized had things been handled differently.

Overeem’s legal woes stem from a situation where he shoved a woman’s face while in Las Vegas this past January.

While Overeem may be out of the woods he isn’t in the clear just yet, as he was given a ninety-day suspended sentence meaning a slip up could put him behind bars for three months. To avoid incarceration Overeem must complete 50 community service hours by September in addition to an anger management course.

The 31-year old holds an overall record of 36-11-1 with 34 finishes and wins over some of MMA’s best including Sergei Kharitonov, Brock Lesnar, and Fabricio Werdum.


MMATraining Take: Hopefully this will be the last time we hear about this situation save for September when he (fingers-crossed) completes the terms of his agreement. Overeem is a great fighter, and though I’m not sure why a man of his size would ever need to lay his hands on a woman violently, it sounds like the court is at least holding him somewhat accountable for his behavior.