Jeremy Stephens was arrested the day before the UFC on FX Fuel 5 event on the orders of police from his native Des Moines, Iowa, on a warrant dating back to early 2011.
UFC president Dana White maintains that the timing of the arrest was malicious - “someone there really doesn’t like Stephens” - and he did everything he could to get the fighter out on bail so he could have his fight.
White even agreed to having police officers escort Stephens to the venue - and then back to jail after his fight, an unprecedented move. But he says every time he struck a deal that would allow Stephens to fight, the police moved the goal posts…
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