Muhammed Lawal wasn't the only one to have his day in court today.
No, UFC heavyweight number one contender Alistair Overeem was also scheduled to appear in court in Las Vegas today, though he sent his attorney, David Chesnoff, to act in his stead in addition to waiving his right to trial.
"The Reem" was accused of shoving a woman at a Wynn Casino in "Sin City." He was charged with misdemeanor battery and faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Thankfully, it didn't come to that. The Las Vegas Review Journal brings word of Overeem's punishment:
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Alistair Overeem was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and to undergo anger-management counseling as the result of a battery charge stemming from an incident at a Las Vegas nightclub on New Year's weekend. ... He also received a suspended 90-day jail sentence. If the conditions of his community service and counseling are met, the matter will be dismissed. Overeem is to appear in court on Sept. 26.
Simple enough, right? An anger management class and 50 hours of community service or jail. Easy decision.
Thankfully, none of this will affect Overeem's upcoming heavyweight championship showdown against Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The press conference for the event was held today, which "Demolition Man" was in attendance for in lieu of appearing in court. Get up to date on all that by clicking here, here and here.
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