Jeremy Stephens is stepping in for the injured Yves Edwards to take on Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fuel TV 3. Edwards suffered an undisclosed injury and was forced to withdraw from the scheduled matchup with Cerrone. Now Stephens, who last fought in October, is set to replace the injured Edwards.
Stephens (20-7) lost that match at UFC 136 in October, a decision to Anthony Pettis. Prior to that loss, Stephens had won his last two, wins over Marcus Davis and Danny Downes, respectively. The Iowa native sports a 7-6 record overall during his UFC career, which includes wins over Sam Stout and Cole Miller, amongst others.
Cerrone (17-4-1) will look to rebound from his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 141 in December. It was a sour end to an excellent year for Cerrone, who won the first four bouts of his UFC career prior to that loss to Diaz. Amidst the loss, Cerrone still earned a “Fight of the Night” bonus, which was fourth bonus in five fights in 2011.
Edwards (41-18-1) was also looking to rebound from a loss, which he suffered in December to Tony Ferguson. His injury was not announced, so it is unclear how long he will be sidelined.
UFC on Fuel TV 3 takes place May 15th at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The main event will feature two top featherweight contenders, with Dustin Poirier taking on Chan Sung Jung.
Also featured at the event will be the return of Thiago Silva, as he takes on fellow light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac.
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