Hard-hitting lightweight Jeremy
Stephens will replace an injured John
Cholish against Yves Edwards
UFC on Fox 5.
Promotion officials announced the news Friday. Cholish sustained a
groin injury will prevent him from competing against Edwards at the
Dec. 8 event, which takes place at Seattle’s KeyArena. The
evening’s main draw airs live on Fox’s flagship network and is
topped by a lightweight title tilt between reigning champion
Henderson and challenger Nate Diaz.
Stephens and Edwards were initially booked against each other last
month at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. However, that pairing was
scrapped just hours before the event when Stephens was arrested on
an out of state warrant.
Known for his power punching, Stephens, 26, rides two consecutive
victories heading into his short-notice appearance. “Lil’ Heathen”
kicked off last year with victories over Marcus Davis
Downes but closed out 2011 with a split-decision defeat to
former WEC champion Anthony
Pettis. Most recently, Stephens was outpointed by another WEC
vet in Donald
Cerrone on May 15 at UFC on Fuel TV 3.
Edwards, 36, has lost two of his last three after posting
back-to-back victories in his return to the Octagon. The “Thugjitsu
Master” will make his first appearance of 2012 against Stephens,
competing for the first time since he was outpointed by “Ultimate
Fighter” Season 13 winner Tony
Ferguson last December at the “TUF 14” finale.