Stephens' management group, EvoAgents, updated the fighter's official website with a public statement, thanking the UFC and mixed martial arts fans for their support during Stephen's incarceration:
While Jeremy's employer (UFC), his family, friends, and loyal fans have stood behind him, certainly the recent events have garnered some negative media attention.
Jeremy felt it was very important to thank each and every one of those who have stood by his side during this tough time. He wanted everyone to know that despite the negative situation that he's been placed in, he has remained upbeat and positive, reflecting on the opportunities that have been and will be presented to him, reflecting on his family, and his firm believe [sic] in his innocence.
Stephens was originally scheduled to face-off against Yves Edwards at UFC on FX 5 on October 5th, but was arrested on a warrant for a felony assault charge, dating back to a December 2011 altercation in his home state.
According to the Des Moines Register, Stephens and a friend attacked a man outside of an Iowa bar, rendering the victim unconscious and in need of medical attention.
Stephens lives and trains out of Alliance MMA in San Diego, California, which authorities noted was the primary reason why an arrest couldn't be accomplished earlier. UFC on FX 5 was hosted at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which made it easier for police to apprehend Stephen in his hotel room.
MMA Fighting reports that Stephens will have a future court date. Stephens' jail bond was posted at $100,000.
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