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 for an alleged assault dating back to early 2011.
UFC president Dana White maintains that the timing of the arrest was malicious - â€śsomeone there really doesnâ€™t like Stephensâ€ť - and he did everything he could to get the fighter out on bail so he could have his fight.
Stephens wasnâ€™t released until Wednesday this week, having spent a total of twelve days in an Iowa jail. He then recorded this interview video to explain some of what had happened. He also posted some comments on The Underground forum.
â€śLooking back on when this happened.... I was in jail totally confused wondering why and how. Had no clue if I would be out in time to fight or what was going on. I talked with a couple people throughout the day and finally got word I was going to fight.
â€śSo I spent the rest of my time being positive, focused, stretching to stay loose and shadow boxing. Had I got out, that would have been the best fight of my life. I had no way but up and wouldn't have stopped. I kept thinking about this quote- "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one who is most adaptable to change."
â€śThen it got late and everything just seemed to blow up. It wasn't easy but I can honestly say I was still positive every day (but 1). Instead of being bitter, I'm taking this in the best way possible.
â€śThanks again everyone. The support is actually what has helped me get through this and just move on. I really took a hit in the media and a long list of keyboard warriors, but what do you do. Most people would just want to hide in a hole regardless of being innocent, but the support has truly brought happiness to my heart.
â€śCouldn't have done the things I've achieved without the support and won't be able to move on to achieve greater without continued support. So I owe it to everyone that has helped with their love and support. It means the world to me and I will become a better man & fighter from this.