Monday, October 8, 2012

UFC fighter arrested hours before event

Lightweight fighter Jeremy Stephens, who is scheduled to fight Yves Edwards�on Friday night's UFC on FX: "Browne vs. Bigfoot" event in a preliminary bout�to air on Fuel TV, has been arrested, according to a report by MMAJunkie.� Stephens was arrested on an undisclosed felony charge from out of state, and was taken into custody by the Minneapolis Police Department.� He is currently being held without bail.

Despite the arrest of his fighter, UFC president Dana White insists the 26-year-old Iowa native will still be able to compete on the card, which begins at 5 p.m. ET.

Stephens, nicknamed "Lil' Heathen," first fought in the UFC in May 2007, and has attained a record of 7-7, with three wins coming via knockout.� He fights out of San Diego, Calif.

UPDATE: Said White at the end of the Fuel TV-broadcast of the preliminary card, "Jeremy Stephens was arrested this morning at his hotel for a warrant from 2011.� I've been working on this thing all day, and we're still working on it now.� Jeremy, right now, is�still not off the fight."� White did add, however, that at that moment, Stephens was still in jail.

UPDATE: After the event, White posted on the Underground Forum that he'd been working since 11:00 a.m. to arrange for Stephens to get out jail, but no deal could be reached.� The charge stemmed from an assault in Iowa in 2011.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-fighter-arrested-hours-event-184430765--mma.html

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