Jeremy Stephens was arrested last weekend hours before heading to the Octagon to face Yves Edwards. The arrest shocked the MMA world, as it came about following an incident that took part in Iowa back in 2011.
Stephens was in Minnesota, a neighboring state of Iowa, which allowed the police to detain him. Stephens had an outstanding warrant for willful injury and assault causing bodily injury.
The police report, according to information obtained by the Des Moines Register, states Stephens, Dustin Bachman, the victim, and the wife of the victim, were all at a restaurant in Des Moines. According to the victim’s wife, Stephens punched the victim in the eye and Bachman punched him on the head and face several times.
Bachman proceeded to pull the victim out of his car and continued the assault with Stephens. Stephens’ attorney questioned the timing of the incident in an email to the newspaper, as he claims that law enforcement knew where he was located since the incident in question took place.
Stephens was extradited to Iowa and remains in a Polk County jail on $100,000 bond.
“It wasn’t personal,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Joe Leo. “We gave him several opportunities to turn himself in. He’s had a year to take care of it.”