UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens was arrested by Minneapolis police Friday morning on a felony charge that stems from an act in another state, multiple MMA news outlets have confirmed and first reported by MMAJunkie.
After the news broke, many questioned whether the fighter would participate in his UFC on FX 5 fight later tonight against Yves Edwards. UFC President Dana White quickly put any questions to rest as to whether “Lil Heathen” would fight tonight in this tweet:
Don’t listen to the media! Nobody ever told them Jeremy isn’t fighting. He is fighting!!
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 5, 2012
The actual type of felony Stephens was arrested for has not been confirmed.
Stephens is set to face Yves Edwards on the undercard portion of the UFC on FX 5 card that will be broadcast on Fuel TV.
**UPDATE (4:24ET): Facebook fights have been canceled. Fights will begin at 5pm ET on Fuel TV.
**UPDATE 2: Dana White posted the following on the UG at the end of tonight’s show:
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 fuck 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.
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