The life of Alistair Overeem changed dramatically this past New Year’s Eve Weekend, experiencing an emotional high on December 30 by beating Brock Lesnar only to have things come crashing down a few days later when he was charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from a late night incident involving a female’s face being shoved during a personal dispute.

Overeem was forced to face the music yesterday in a Las Vegas courtroom and, fortunately, avoided incarceration despite the risk of facing up to six months behind bars. However, the “Demolition Man” could still end up in jail if he does not complete fifty hours of community service and an anger management course by mid-September, as Overeem was handed a 90-day suspended sentence with the aforementioned requirements in place outlining a way to avoid serving it.

The news was not only undoubtedly a relief for Overeem but the UFC as well who have invested a lot of resources in promoting the polished Dutchman. Overeem is currently scheduled to face Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight strap in late May, a bout no longer in jeopardy thanks to yesterday’s ruling.