The plight of Jeremy Stephens isn't really much of a plight at all, it seems.
Despite the fact that he has assault charges hanging over his head, thanks to a situation where he allegedly nearly beat a man to death, he continues to receive outstanding treatment from his employers at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Not only did promotion President Dana White attempt to spring him from jail after he was arrested the day of the event in time to fight at UFC on FX 5 on Oct. 5 in Minneapolis, they've now put "Lil' Heathen" right back in the bout he had when he got locked up.
That's because John Cholish has been forced to pull out of his scheduled match-up against Yves Edwards at UFC on Fox 5: "Henderson vs. Diaz" on Sat., Dec. 8, 2012, at KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. After having been informed of this, officials were quick to insert Stephens into that slot, according to MMA Weekly.
Again, despite those pesky assault charges.
Legal issues aside, Stephens is currently on a two-fight skid, having dropped back-to-back bouts for the second time in his UFC career. Another loss and who knows what could happen.
Then again, the promotion doesn't seem to care about his having caught a serious case. As White so frequently says, "we'll see what happens."
UFC on Fox 5 will feature a lightweight championship main event pitting reigning division king Ben Henderson putting his title on the line against Nate Diaz. Mauricio Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson and B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald are also booked for the event.
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