Much has been made of Jeremy
Stephens’ arrest last week and the fact that he couldn’t
UFC on FX 5, but opponent Yves Edwards
didn’t get to fight either.
“I was actually expecting and hoping that he would show up,”
Edwards told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Cheap Seats” show. “It really wasn’t until
after the fact, when I read all the things going on and I heard
about everything, it made sense that that wouldn’t happen. This is
not the good old days. It’s not the Wild West. These things take
time, and things happen and that’s just not realistic. But at the
time I thought it was a very good possibility, especially with the
people that were working on making it happen.”
Even after Stephens was arrested the morning of the bout in
connection to a 2011 assault charge, UFC President Dana White
reassured fans that the fight would happen. However, his attempts
to get Stephens released ultimately failed and the fight was
“I like the guy,” Edwards said of Stephens. “We hung out a little
last summer. He’s a cool dude. For his sake, I guess I just really
want to see this work out for the best. I don’t know the details.
Nobody really does, but if he’s not at fault, then I hope it all
gets worked out.”
Edwards said he was paid his show money, but he believes he and
Stephens also would have won a “Fight of the Night” bonus had they
been able to meet in the Octagon.
“It was good to get paid, especially for not having to perform, but
at the same time … I was pretty sure the fight that we would have
to be more entertaining than [to win ‘Fight of the Night’] would
have been Diego Nunes
Palaszewski,” Edwards said. “That was a really good fight.
Diego looked really good, but it was a pretty one-sided affair. If
we went out and we had a war, it would have been a pretty
entertaining war. I’m confident in saying that we would have at
least got ‘Fight of the Night.’”
Instead the veteran fighter has been left to hope he’ll get another
bout on an upcoming card.
“I definitely want to fight again as soon as possible because I put
in all this work and I’m in good shape right now,” Edwards said. “A
little heavy because I was gone for the weekend and I knew there
was nothing coming up, but I can be back to fight weight in a day
or two. I can make weight in less than a week. But at the same
time, getting a new opponent and understanding that this is a
business now, it would be nice to be able to prepare for a specific
guy, but that’s just because it’s a business. At the same time, I
just want to fight.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 32:59).