Jeremy Stephens bail set at 100k, hearing Oct 23

by Mike Chiappetta | source:

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Four days after Jeremy Stephens was arrested on the day he was supposed to fight at UFC on FX 5, the UFC lightweight is still in jail.

Stephens, who is currently being held at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be facing extradition to Iowa for an assault charge. According to the county's online records, he had his bail set at $100,000.

The arrest stems from a 2011 incident in Polk County, Iowa.

Stephens will face a judge on Tuesday, at 1:30 pm CT.

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Stephens management recently released a statement about the matter...

In response to the recent arrest and allegations regarding Jeremy Stephens we would like to take this opportunity to reach out to his supporters and clarify some of the information that has been circulating in the media.

In 2011, Jeremy was attending a homecoming party in Des Moines, Iowa. A person in attendance became intoxicated and disorderly, and was asked to leave by the owner of the establishment. The intoxicated individual subsequently became involved in a physical altercation with another person at the event. We have learned that, as the featured guest at the party, Jeremy’s name came up during the police investigation of the assault.

Prior to being detained the morning of October 5, 2012, in Minneapolis, Jeremy had never been arrested in connection with the assault, contacted about any possible charge and or notified about any outstanding warrant by mail or any other means. Jeremy has lived at the same residence in San Diego and has maintained the same phone number for the past year or more. Jeremy also uses social media to provide updates on his training, and to thank fans, supporters, sponsors, and the UFC. In short, Jeremy is not a hard guy to find, which can be seen at

At this time, we do not know why Polk County (Iowa) authorities waited to have a warrant served on Jeremy until the morning of his fight. He arrived in Minnesota four days earlier, stayed at the hotel with other fighters for the event, and attended the public weigh-in on Thursday afternoon. Because he was arrested so close to the time of the fight, arrangements for his release could not be made in time for him to compete despite the diligent efforts of the UFC. Minnesota state officials were great to deal with, but Polk County kept changing the deal making it impossible to get Jeremy released.

It will take some time for this unfortunate situation to be resolved. We ask that everyone be patient and wait for the truth to come out. We also would like to thank Jeremy’s fans who are standing by him during this tough time and especially Dana White and the staff at UFC for their incredible display of support for Jeremy throughout the ordeal.

There is nothing to hide, so we will keep everyone updated as things progress. To be clear, JEREMY WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THIS ASSAULT AT ALL!

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TheCrow13 site profile image  

10/10/12 4:21 PM by TheCrow13

Someone watched con air

New Leaf 1.0 site profile image  

10/10/12 4:18 PM by New Leaf 1.0

Hopefully his sensei registered them with the police! LMAO @ people.

DAVID H site profile image  

10/10/12 4:17 PM by DAVID H

Nope. If you knock someone down and use your feet to kick or stomp them in the head, you can be CHARGED with assault with a deadly weapon....

Ludelow site profile image  

10/10/12 4:17 PM by Ludelow

Did Dana already bailed him out?

kwnel2178 site profile image  

10/10/12 4:11 PM by kwnel2178

It's nice to see all the facts come out before anyone on the UG or Sherdog could make up bullshit stories about what went on.

BshMstr site profile image  

10/10/12 11:00 AM by BshMstr

this is a dumb urban legend, that is not true, from a criminal law standpoint. there is absolutely no enhanced charged due to someone's training or experience in the state of Iowa.this can however, come up in a civil case...

WatchinMMA site profile image  

10/10/12 12:42 AM by WatchinMMA

If I had 100'000 dollars.Oh I'd bail out lil Heathen.Ah that's cool.If I had 100'000 dollllarrrrrtttssssssss

JetSetter site profile image  

10/10/12 12:07 AM by JetSetter

I've had a couple of assault charges and never had anything near that much bail. Something else is going on.

Fury21 site profile image  

10/9/12 11:37 PM by Fury21

I've talked with eye witnesses and know the evidence. I can't put all of his business out there, just know he is for sure innocent.

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10/9/12 5:13 PM by LikeThis

the deadly weapons thing is incorrect you can only be charged w. deadly weapon if you actually have a weaponpro fighters and people with extensive training and military experienced instead are much more likely to face charges of 'aggravated assault' which is also a very bad charge