It’ll take just over two months, but the lightweight shootout between Jeremy Stephens (Pictured) and Yves Edwards will finally go down. Stephens has announced he will meet “Thugjitsu Master” when the UFC returns to FOX in 15 days.
“You can’t [expletive] with destiny. Looks like its me and @LiLHeathenMMA on dec 8th. #FOTN,” Stephens tweeted late Friday night.
Edwards was initially slated to fight John Cholish in Seattle, but Cholish was forced to withdraw with an undisclosed injury.
Stephens and Edwards were slotted to collide in October at “UFC on FOX 5” until some previous legal issues put a screeching halt to the bout just hours before showtime. “Lil’ Heathen” was arrested for an outstanding warrant related to an assault charge in his home state of Iowa.
The scrap will take place in the card’s prelims, which airs live on FX. FOX broadcasts the featured fights beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
“UFC on FOX 5” takes place inside Key Arena in Washington state.
Here is the show’s updated lineup:
Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert
(FX 5PM ET/2PM PT)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards
Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan
Joe Proctor vs. Ramsey Nijem
Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson (UFC lightweight champion)