Alistair Overeem assault trial for misdemeanor battery begins March 27 in Las Vegas

DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 04: Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem attends The Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl Party presented by Sports Illustrated and Bacardi at Music Hall At Fair Park on February 4 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Bacardi)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight number one contender Alistair Overeem must appear in court on March 27, 2012, to answer for charges of misdemeanor battery, stemming from alleged contact with a woman at the Wynn casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Overeem was not arrested, rather issued a citation that his attorney David Chesnoff, of "Sin City's" Chesnoff & Schonfeld law firm, plans to "vigorously defend."

"The Reem" is (of course) innocent until proven guilty, but could face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted by Judge Diana Sullivan during his upcoming bench trial (non-jury).

While unlikely, the worst case scenario would yank him from his headlining bout at UFC 146 on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where he's booked to challenge Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title.

Stay tuned.

For more background on Overeem's misdemeanor charges and pending trial click here. To get up to speed on his upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) fight against "Cigano" click here.

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