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Alistair Overeem issues first statement on Las Vegas battery charge on woman

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight number one contender Alistair Overeem, who must appear in court next month to answer for charges of misdemeanor battery, has issued a statement regarding his case through his attorney, David Chesnoff, of the Chesnoff & Schonfeld law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That's where "Demolition Man" was accused of making contact with a woman at the Wynn casino, causing her to "stagger back" in a report issued earlier today.

Overeem was not arrested, rather issued a citation that will call for him appear on Feb. 21, 2012, where his attorney plans to "vigorously defend" his client's innocence.

Those comments, after the jump.

"I have advised Alistair not to comment on this matter, and that we will do our talking in the court. It should be noted that Alistair was not arrested; he was summoned to court. There are two sides to this story, and we intend on vigorously defending this as Alistair maintains his innocence."

As we stated earlier, Overeem is innocent until proven guilty.

"The Reem" was on location as the headliner for UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem," where he stopped former division champion Brock Lesnar via first round technical knockout.

The UFC has yet to comment on today's report but as always, keep it locked into for more details on this developing story as they become available.