Forgotten in last Friday’s madness surrounding the arrest of UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens hours before he was set to take to the Octagon at UFC on FX 5 has been the status of opponent Yves Edwards. Edwards was told throughout the night he was still slated for action against Stephens while UFC representatives did their best to spring the incarcerated competitor from jail. Despite their efforts, the match-up never materialized at the event, and it now looks like Edwards won’t be facing Stephens anytime soon either.
According to a report from MMAFighting, the “Thugjitsu Master” is scheduled to mix it up with John Cholish on December 8 at UFC on FOX 5. The card marks the biggest FOX lineup to date with bouts including B.J. Penn-Rory MacDonald and Alexander Gustafsson-Mauricio Rua, as well as a title-fight between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz.
Edwards will be entering the ring for the 61st time in his career, though it could be his last appearance under the UFC banner unless he comes out of the clash with his hand raised. The 36-year old has lost two of his last three tilts with a win over Rafaello Oliveira sandwiched in-between the defeats. He holds an overall record of 41-18-1 including 32 victories featuring some form of finish.
Comparably, the 8-2 Cholish recently had a seven-fight winning streak snapped by a decision loss to Danny Castillo.
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