Following Friday’s canceled UFC on FX 5 meeting with Jeremy
Stephens, Yves Edwards
will now square off with fellow lightweight John
Cholish on Dec. 8 at
UFC on Fox 5.
Edwards announced the news Wednesday following an initial report
from MMAFighting.com, and
Sherdog.com independently confirmed the pairing with an additional
source close to the contest.
UFC on Fox 5 takes place at KeyArena in Seattle and will be
headlined by a lightweight title confrontation between reigning
Henderson and challenger Nate Diaz.
Edwards last competed on Dec. 3 at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14
finale, dropping a close unanimous decision to “TUF 13” winner
Ferguson. The “Thugjitsu Master” was expected to face Stephens
this past Friday, but that bout was scrapped after Stephens was
arrested by Minneapolis police just hours prior to the contest.
Nearly a 15-year pro, Edwards, 36, has lost two of his last three
bouts since posting back-to-back wins to begin his most recent UFC
Eight years younger than his upcoming foe, Cholish (Pictured) began
his pro career in 2007 and made his Strikeforce debut last year,
submitting “TUF 12” alumnus Marc
Stevens. Following a win over WEC vet Jameel
Massouh under the Cage Fury Fighting Championships banner,
Cholish finished Canadian talent Mitch
Clarke in his Octagon foray last December. The 28-year-old saw
an eight-fight winning streak snapped in his most recent outing, as
Cholish was outpointed by Danny
Castillo at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5.