For the first time since Alistair Overeem (Pictured) was charged with battery of a female partygoer, UFC president Dana White addressed the controversy surrounding his heavyweight top contender. According to White, Overeem was unexpectedly attacked when he exited the restroom of a popular Las Vegas, Nevada nightclub.
“I don’t think he’s in that much trouble,” White expressed after Thursday’s press conference. “This isn’t a situation where he beat somebody up, I don’t think that’s the case.
“He had to use the restroom, this is my knowledge of what happened, [and] security was going to take him. He said, ‘I don’t need security,’ and sure enough he goes over there, and his side of the story is some lady started yelling at him and swinging at him and everything else.”
While he wasn’t arrested, the former Strikeforce champion was issued a citation by the Las Vegas Police Department at around 3AM on January 2nd for reportedly pushing or shoving a woman in the face, “causing her to stagger back.”
The alleged incident occurred just days after he disposed of Brock Lesnar at UFC 141. The victory earned Overeem next dibs at Junior dos Santos’ heavyweight crown.
Despite Overeem’s sticky situation, White isn’t planning on scouring his roster for a new top contender.
“We’re going to have to figure that out, but I’m planning on Alistair Overeem [fighting dos Santos],” White flatly stated.
Overeem is scheduled to appear in court on February 21st. If convicted, “The Demolition Man” faces a maximum of six months in county jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. However, the 31-year-old has vehemently denied any wrongdoing through his attorney.