Friday, October 5, 2012
Jeremy Stephens will still fight
By Chad Dundas ESPN.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite his arrest late Thursday on an undisclosed felony warrant, UFC brass said lightweight Jeremy Stephens will still fight Yves Edwards on Friday night at UFC on FX 5.
According to the Hennepin County Sherriff's Department website, the 26-year-old Stephens arrived at the county detention center at 10:44 p.m. Thursday after reports said he was arrested at the Marriott City Center Hotel. Though the exact nature of the charge was not released, the website describes the warrant for the Iowa native as being "out of state."
The arrest, originally reported by MMAJunkie.com, prompted speculation that Stephens' scheduled 155-pound fight against Edwards would be canceled, but a social media post from UFC president Dana White on Friday afternoon said the fight would go on as scheduled.
"Don't listen to the media!" White tweeted just before 1 p.m. CT. "Nobody ever told them Jeremy isn't fighting. He is fighting!!"
Stephens versus Edwards is scheduled to air on Fuel TV as part of the preliminary card for UFC on FX 5, which features a heavyweight main event pitting Travis Browne against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
If Stephens-Edwards doesn't go off as scheduled, it would be the second fight scratched from the card in fewer than 24 hours, as a proposed lightweight bout between Dennis Hallman and Thiago Tavares was scrapped after Hallman failed to make weight.
Stephens comes into this fight having lost three of his last five and immediately on the heels of a decision defeat to Donald Cerrone in May. Edwards -- a 36-year-old veteran of more than 50 fights -- also suffered a loss in his last Octagon appearance, a decision to Tony Ferguson in December 2011.