When news broke of Jeremy Stephen’s arrest earlier today it was clear his bout with Yves Edwards was in clear danger but it was still reported he would fight. UFC President Dana White chastised the media for allegedly stating the bout was off (it should be noted that sites said the bout was in trouble, but no major site reported it canceled). Even when the Facebook was canceled and Stephens did not appear on the FUEL TV undercard White assured fans that Stephens would fight (and took another shot at the media). After the fight, White took to MMAUnderground to explain Stephens absence from the card.
White stated on the Underground:
“So here’s the deal. I have been working since 11am to get him out of jail. the people in Iowa hate this kid and are going to stick it to him for SURE. Everytime I would cut a deal for bail they would change the deal and I was willing to do anything. They kept changing the deal thinking I would tapout and when I didn’t they left me hangin changing it every 5 mins. People at Minn Sheriffs Dept were amazing and I wNt to thank them. He has been in town since Monday and they arrested him Friday at 11am for a reason to really [expletive] him. I literally just told Yves he wasn’t fighting 35 mins ago. He is a TRUE OLD SCHOOL PRO who waited all night for us to try and get Jeremy here!!!!! It is a pleasure being in biz with u Yves. So I wanted u the fans to hear it from me first.”[sic]
Stephens is still being held on an out of state felony count without bail in Hennepin County Jail in Minnesota according to their records.