Police in Des Moines, Iowa, say Jeremy Stephens' UFC on FX 5 booking was their first confirmation of the fighter's whereabouts following his alleged participation in a October 2011 assault.
Acting on that knowledge, they had the fighter arrested on an outstanding warrant on the morning of his Oct. 5 fight.
Stephens was scheduled to fight Yves Edwards on the preliminary card of the FX-televised event at Target Center in Minneapolis.
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UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens remains incarcerated after his Friday arrest in Minneapolis. But his management company is standing by the fighter.
Stephens was arrested Friday, the day he was to fight Yves Edwards at UFC on FX 5. Despite efforts to get him released, including by the UFC, he was not out in time to fight - and the Hennepin (Minn.) County corrections site still lists Stephens as being held.
Stephens was arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department hours before UFC on FX read news >>
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The fighter's management team on Wednesday released a statement on Stephens' website, and the fighter also released a video in which he thanked the UFC and fans for their support and maintained his innocence.
"I'm innocent, and I get a chance to prove myself," Stephens said in the video.
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