- Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAS VEGAS -- Heavyweight mixed martial artist Alistair Overeem was sentenced to 50 hours of community service Tuesday stemming from a Jan. 2 incident in which he allegedly pushed a woman at a Las Vegas nightclub.
Additionally, Overeem must attend anger-management counseling and stay out of trouble for 90 days. Failure to comply could result in a 90-day jail sentence.
"Of course, the side of the story I hear is that he was a victim, which I honestly do believe," UFC president Dana White said. "Why would Alistair Overeem want to fight a girl?
"I don't care how tough you are, when you're out in public you need security to diffuse certain situations."
Overeem's manager, Colin Lam, said Overeem now has a security team with him in almost all public circumstances.
Attorney David Chesnoff appeared on Overeem's behalf Tuesday. The UFC fighter, who trains out of Florida, is scheduled to appear at a news conference in Las Vegas later Tuesday but was not present in court.
Overeem (36-11) is scheduled to fight UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (14-1) on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He earned a shot at the title by defeating Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 via TKO.