After spending 12 days incarcerated, Jeremy Stephens was released Wednesday from Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa.

Stephens announced the news on his official website, and the online records of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the lightweight’s release.

The fighter was arrested on the morning of Oct. 5 in Minneapolis -- just hours prior to his UFC on FX 5 clash with Yves Edwards -- due to an outstanding felony warrant issued in his home state of Iowa. Though the UFC attempted to post bail for Stephens so that he could compete that night, the efforts proved unsuccessful and the contest was canceled.

The charges filed against Stephens stem from an alleged 2011 assault outside of a Des Moines bar that ended with a man reportedly hospitalized. Stephens maintains his innocence in the matter.

“Jeremy’s legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know; he is not guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of,” reads the official statement on Stephens’ website. “We ask that everyone respect Jeremy’s privacy throughout this case.

“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 [people] 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 [belief] in his innocence.”

Stephens’ management could not be reached for comment regarding when the fighter is expected for his first court hearing.

Stephens, 26, has stumbled in each of his last two in-cage appearances, falling to Anthony Pettis last year before kicking off 2012 with a May 15 defeat to Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fuel TV 3. The losses followed a successful stretch for “Lil’ Heathen,” who posted four victories in five fights from September 2009 to June 2011. Known for his considerable punching power, Stephens owns 14 of his 20 career wins via some form of knockout.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jared Rosholt on UFC pink slip: Hopefully my release is their loss

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

Recently released UFC fighter Jared Rosholt notes he made it up to No. 12 in the industry-leader’s official rankings. Not bad for a wrestler who never really learned to strike.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 88's Jeremy Stephens: Renan Barao is mentally broken

  • 26 days ago
  • 24 views

Jeremy Stephens is no stranger to welcoming fighters to a new weight class. He did it five years ago when the now-retired Marcus Davis wanted to try his hand at lightweight. Davis got knocked out in read news >>

'Humbled' by jail stay, Jon Jones hopes to embody resiliency on way back to belt

  • 26 days ago
  • 11 views

Jon Jones won’t blame anyone else for his recent stay in Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Detention Center, but he does believe the ordeal proved a humbling experience. But “Bones” said it’s not going to s read news >>

Meet the TUF 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia Cast

  • 24 days ago
  • 109 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday released the full cast for Season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter. read news >>

Conor McGregor Responds to Death of Joao Carvalho After Charlie Ward MMA Fight

  • 18 days ago
  • 642 views

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor released a statement on Tuesday regarding the death of Joao Carvalho, who died on Monday following a welterweight bout with Charlie Ward in Dublin on Saturda read news >>

Police report details Diego Brandao’s alleged strip club incident, arrest

  • 12 days ago
  • 31 views

New details have come to light in UFC featherweight Diego Brandao’s arrest following an alleged strip club assault.Filed under: Featured, News read news >>

BJ Penn Reportedly Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Assault

  • 12 days ago
  • 21 views

Police in Hilo, Hawaii, are reportedly investigating BJ Penn for an alleged sexual assault, per MMA Fighting's Marc Raimondi. The alleged victim filed a report in Delaware County, Ohio, on Feb. 16, a read news >>

UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn being investigated by police in Hawaii for alleged sexual assault

  • 11 days ago
  • 18 views

B.J. Penn, the UFC Hall of Famer who is scheduled to return to the octagon at UFC 199, is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault by police in Hilo, Hawaii.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>