An injury to Yves Edwards has knocked him out of a planned bout with Donald Cerrone for May 15 at UFC on Fuel 3. However, it looks like the quality of the fight won’t dip much as stand-up stylist Jeremy Stephens has apparently agreed to take Edwards’ place. Stephens is one of the lightweight division’s hardest hitters with fourteen of his twenty total wins coming by way of a strike-based stoppage.
News of the Edwards’ replacement was first reported by MMAJunkie with other outlets having since confirmed the change.
Stephens (20-7) hasn’t fought since losing a match-up with Anthony Pettis late in 2011. The heavy-handed Californian is 4-2 in his last six bouts inside the UFC with both defeats involving a Split Decision.
Like Stephens, Cerrone (17-4) also had a winning streak snapped in his last fight after coming up short against Nate Diaz at UFC 141.
The show takes place from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia and is expected to feature Dustin Poirier attempting to lay claim to featherweight contendership by taking out Chan Sung Jung. “Cowboy” and Stephens will likely serve on the night’s main card, which will be televised by Fuel TV.
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