Jeremy Stephens, UFC fighter, arrested prior to Target Center bout [UPDATE]
UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens was arrested in Minneapolis this morning on an outstanding warrant, putting his scheduled bout tonight at the Target Center in jeopardy
Minneapolis police confirm that Stephens was taken into custody, but have not specified what the outstanding warrant was for. Stephens is currently being held in Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on an out-of-state felony charge.
Stephens was scheduled to face Yves Edwards tonight at the Target Center on the undercard of the nationally televised UFC on FX 5. UFC President Dana White maintains that Stephens will still be able to compete.
Don't listen to the media! Nobody ever told them Jeremy isn't fighting. He is fighting!!-- Dana White (@danawhite) October 5, 2012
UPDATE: The UFC has pulled the fight from the card listed on its official website, and Stephens remains in jail as of 3:30 p.m., but White insists the fight is still on:
OMFG!!! YES Jeremy Stephens is fighting tonight! At no point did ANYONE from UFC say he wasn't. Some media jackasses said he wasn't-- Dana White (@danawhite) October 5, 2012
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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