It took a few extra weeks, but it was still just as sweet for Yves Edwards Saturday night. After having his match with Jeremy Stephens cancelled in October, Edwards finished Stephens in the prelim main event at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz.
The win was the 10th for Edwards (42-18-1) at lightweight, tying a UFC record with such fighters as former champion BJ Penn.
Edwards and Stephens were scheduled to meet in October, but an outstanding arrest warrant for Stephens scrapped the contest. The UFC quickly rescheduled it for Saturday night, and Edwards finished it even quicker.
“I’m feeling really good,” said Edwards, who earned his 16th career knockout. “Jeremy is a tough guy, but I got it done (tonight).”
Edwards said that Joe Lauzon, a former opponent of Stephens, told him that “Lil Heathen” packed a punch. Early on Stephens caught Edwards “with a good shot,” but Edwards explained that his experience helped him survive.
Both fighters threw rights, but it was the right of Edwards that connected, handing Stephens his first knockout loss of his pro career.
“When he went down, I thought he was out,” Edwards said. “I jumped on him; I said I can’t let this guy recover, I had to take him out.”