Jeremy Stephens UFC 91UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens was expected to compete last Friday at UFC on FX 5, but instead spent the day and night in jail.

Stephens was arrested on a warrant for assault in his home state of Iowa, and despite grand efforts from UFC president Dana White to get Stephens released in time for the show, he was held without bail awaiting extradition from Minnesota to Iowa to face the charges.

According to the fighter’s managers at EVO Agents, the entire situation confused everybody involved, most notably Jeremy Stephens.

His management company released a statement regarding the arrest on Monday stating that the situation stems from a party the fighter hosted in his home state of Iowa in 2011, and while there was a physical altercation that night, Stephens was not the one involved.

“In 2011, Jeremy was attending a homecoming party in Des Moines, Iowa. A person in attendance became intoxicated and disorderly, and was asked to leave by the owner of the establishment. The intoxicated individual subsequently became involved in a physical altercation with another person at the event. We have learned that, as the featured guest at the party, Jeremy’s name came up during the police investigation of the assault,” read the statement.

“Prior to being detained the morning of October 5, 2012, in Minneapolis, Jeremy had never been arrested in connection with the assault, contacted about any possible charge and or notified about any outstanding warrant by mail or any other means. Jeremy has lived at the same residence in San Diego and has maintained the same phone number for the past year or more. Jeremy also uses social media to provide updates on his training and to thank fans, supporters, sponsors, and the UFC. In short, Jeremy is not a hard guy to find, which can be seen at www.LilHeathenMMA.com.”

The statement goes on to say that Stephens was obviously not hiding from authorities in any way shape or form, but promises there’s nothing to hide and he will be dealing with these charges as soon as possible.

“At this time, we do not know why Polk County (Iowa) authorities waited to have a warrant served on Jeremy until the morning of his fight. He arrived in Minnesota four days earlier, stayed at the hotel with other fighters for the event, and attended the public weigh-in on Thursday afternoon. Because he was arrested so close to the time of the fight, arrangements for his release could not be made in time for him to compete despite the diligent efforts of the UFC. Minnesota state officials were great to deal with, but Polk County kept changing the deal, making it impossible to get Jeremy released.

“It will take some time for this unfortunate situation to be resolved. We ask that everyone be patient and wait for the truth to come out. We also would like to thank Jeremy’s fans who are standing by him during this tough time and especially Dana White and the staff at UFC for their incredible display of support for Jeremy throughout the ordeal. There is nothing to hide, so we will keep everyone updated as things progress.”

As of today, Stephens is still listed in custody by the Minneapolis Police Department as he awaits word on dealing with the Iowa police on this matter.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Stephens’ status as it becomes available.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Tim Boetsch: The Headliner

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

Tim Boetsch had a fight with Dan Henderson even before he knew he had it, with longtime manager Monte Cox jumping at the chance for his fighter to meet one of the sport’s most revered superstars read news >>

Johny Hendricks, Donald Cerrone Next in Line for UFC Title Shots

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

According to a report from UFC Tonight, Johny Hendricks' manager has been told by UFC officials that he will get the next shot at the 170-pound title. Additionally, Donald Cerrone has been informed t read news >>

Anderson Silva's manager guarantees he 'won't be in the Olympics'

  • 21 days ago
  • 18 views

Jorge Guimaraes discusses Lyoto Machida's next fight against Yoel Romero and talks about Anderson Silva's future in fight sports. Jorge Guimaraes, manager of big Brazilian stars such as Lyoto Machida read news >>

Manager: Anderson Silva won’t try out for the 2016 Olympics

  • 22 days ago
  • 8 views

Looks like Anderson Silva won’t try out for next year’s Olympic Games after all. The former UFC middleweight champion, and 5th dan black belt in taekwondo, announced in April his desire to represent read news >>

Hindsight - UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson in retrospect

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

You knew he was dynamite. He has to explode sometimes.* I could be talking about Dan Henderson in the statement above, but really I'm talking about the UFC. They've become known for their marathon dr read news >>

Robert Roveta, MMA's best manager? Yancy Medeiros says his guy is close

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

NEW ORLEANS – With the UFC’s official partnership with Reebok getting underway next month, some fighters believe managers are no longer necessary in MMA. What do UFC Fight Night 68’s fighters think?F read news >>

Jon Jones' manager Malki Kawa: UFC mocking the belt with Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson title fight

  • 27 days ago
  • 37 views

Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his 205-pound strap against new division No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of read news >>

Tweet of the Day: Malki Kawa slams Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson

  • 27 days ago
  • 359 views

Jon Jones manager, Malki Kawa ridicules the Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson light-heavyweight title fight. Yesterday, the UFC announced that Daniel Cormier's first light-heavyweight title def read news >>

Manager: If Frankie Edgar doesn't receive next title shot, 'there's going to be a riot'

  • 28 days ago
  • 23 views

The former UFC lightweight champion and his management don't like to be stepped over by the UFC. After his dominant win over Urijah Faber in the main event of UFC Fight Night Manila, former UFC light read news >>

Frankie Edgar's manager: Jose Aldo-Conor McGregor winner only bout that makes sense

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

Frankie Edgar was passed over once for a shot at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr.'s title. But "The Answer" is determined not to let it happen again. The former UFC lightweight champion has d read news >>