UFC on FOX 5: Jeremy Stephens in to Face Yves Edwards

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

MONTREAL- MAY 8: Jeremy Stephens bleeds during his in their lightweight 'swing' bout against Sam Stout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The fight that didn't happen due to a step-in by the law will now happen next month.

Jeremy Stephens has agreed to step in on short notice to fight former potential foe Yves Edwards at UFC on Fox 5 in Seattle. John Cholish was originally supposed to fight Edwards but pulled out due to unknown reasons.

Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to meet at UFC on FX 5 in Minnesota before Stephens was picked up by police on an outstanding warrant in Iowa.

Stephens was arrested and despite the best efforts of UFC President Dana White to get the fighter released in time to compete, the authorities between Minnesota and Iowa, where the warrant originated from, didn’t set bail in time and the fight eventually had to be cancelled.

Despite valiant efforts to bail out Stephens to keep the fight on the card, it was not to be. Now that Stephens' legal fiasco is out of the way (for the most part), he can focus on Edwards in the cage. 

Since returning to the Octagon from an extended period outside the UFC, Edwards has gone 3-2 with the organization.

Edwards has earned a decision over John Gunderson, a rear-naked choke of Cody McKenzie and a knockout of Rafaello Oliveira. His two losses came at the hands of Sam Stout by brutal knockout and Tony Ferguson by decision.

Stephens has been with the UFC since 2007 and has had a promising career. As of late though, he has dropped two straight to Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. 

Previous to that, Stephens had won two in a row, including a devastating knockout of Marcus Davis.

These two love to strike, so this one could very likely end in a knockout. It also has "Fight of the Night" written all over it.