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Jeremy Stephens a free man for now

After nearly two weeks behind bars, UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens is out of jail for the time being while details continue to develop surrounding his legal case in Iowa. News of the fighter’s freedom surfaced in a statement from his management team claiming Stephens’ innocence in an assault charge costing him an opportunity to face Yves Edwards at UFC on FX 5.

According to Stephens’ representatives, “Jeremy’s legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know; he is not guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of.”

While no details of his case were mentioned, a police report revealed by MMAJunkie shed some light on the matter at hand.

In the document, an October 2011 incident involving a brutal assault at a bar places Stephens on the scene as one of the assailants. The victim was then said to be trying to flee before an associate of Stephens pulled him out of a car and the attack continued.

Stephens’ side of the story is that his friend did have a physical altercation with the complainant but he was not personally involved, claiming the involved individual is trying to get money out of him based on his success in the ring. Thus far, the UFC has been siding with the 26-year old striker and even went so far as to try and spring him out of jail in the hours leading up to his ultimately-axed meeting with Edwards.

The full statement from Stephens’ management can be read below:

Des Moines, Iowa, October 17, 2012- Today, at 3:30pm, Jeremy was released from custody from the Polk County Jail. As you know, Jeremy has spent the last twelve days incarcerated, both in Iowa and Minnesota, missing his October 5 UFC fight against Yves Edwards, as well as many lucrative financial opportunities associated with that bout.

While Jeremy’s employer (UFC), his family, friends, and loyal fans have stood behind him, certainly the recent events have garnered some negative media attention.

Jeremy felt it was very important to thank each and every one of those who have stood by his side during this tough time. He wanted everyone to know that despite the negative situation that he’s been placed in, he has remained upbeat and positive, reflecting on the opportunities that have been and will be presented to him, reflecting on his family, and his firm believe in his innocence.

Jeremy’s legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know; he is not guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of.

We ask that everyone respect Jeremy’s privacy throughout this case. Although we are not at liberty to discuss specific details including, but not limit to his pending case, questions can be directed to [email protected]

Of course, as Jeremy resumes training in the upcoming weeks, he will continue to communicate and interact with his fans and supporters through his personal web site, as well as Facebook and Twitter.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    So a dude got his ass beat outside a bar. Sounds pretty typical. Except for the part about, according to the victim’s wife, accomplished mixed martial artist Jeremy Stephens landing the initial punch(es), followed by his buddy jumping into the mix.

    The victim eventually made it into a vehicle, apparently with his wife’s aid, before being dragged out by the feet and punched & stomped into an unconscious state by both Jeremy & his buddy. The female tried to intervene/protect but to no avail, absorbing a bit of damage herself.

    That sounds pretty damn terrible.

    Jeremy’s defense seems to be, “Uh, my friend is the only one who delivered the beatdown.” (while Jeremy presumably stood by & watched?)

    As far as the police report, I would imagine the police gathered info/statements the same night the attack occurred. If so, is Jeremy’s defense team suggesting the wife–who just watched her husband get the life nearly beaten out of him–had the wherewithal to concoct an extortion plan, falsely ID’ing Stephens as part of the attack so they could go after his money?

    Good luck in court.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Depending how rich you are…Build a bar in your basement or a night club in your guest house and stay the fuck home.


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