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Stephens held in jail after arrest

ESPN staff
October 10, 2012
Jeremy Stephens was arrested last week © UFC

UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens is expected to remain in a Minnesota jail until October 23 when he is scheduled to appear in court.

Stephens, who missed the UFC on FX 5 event after he was arrested on Friday morning on a warrant stemming from an alleged assault last year in Iowa, is being held without bail.

He will appear in front of a Minneapolis judge in a fortnight's time, when it will be decided whether he will be extradited to Iowa to face assault charges.

Stephens' management company released a statement on Monday to "clarify some of the information that has been circulating".

It read: "In 2011, Jeremy was attending a homecoming party in Des Moines, Iowa. A person in attendance became intoxicated and disorderly, and was asked to leave by the owner of the establishment.

"The intoxicated individual subsequently became involved in a physical altercation with another person at the event. We have learned that, as the featured guest at the party, Jeremy's name came up during the police investigation of the assault.

"Prior to being detained the morning of October 5, 2012, in Minneapolis, Jeremy had never been arrested in connection with the assault, contacted about any possible charge and or notified about any outstanding warrant by mail or any other means."

Stephens was due to face Yves Edwards at the Target Center, but the fight was pulled despite UFC president Dana White's best efforts to secure his release.

"I was willing to have two police officers bring him from jail to fight tonight and then bring him back to jail," White said after the event. "Let's do that. Let the kid get paid, because he's going to have to spend money on this thing anyway. He's got a family to take care of. It's crazy.

"I would have bailed him out. I would have [flown] him to Des Moines, Iowa, to face the charges there. I was willing to do anything and they dragged me out and played games with me all day."

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