Dana White Bravely Defends Asshole Jeremy Stephens From Accusations of Crime He Probably Committed

(Jeremy Stephens, shown here attempting to perform long division without a calculator.)

By George Shunick

So, Jeremy Stephens didn’t end up fighting on last night’s card. Instead, he spent the night in a jail cell, where he apparently has been denied bail.

Which is interesting, given that he is apparently is being “held on a two assault charges based on a 2011 incident in Des Moines, Iowa. One commanded $ 1,000 bail and the other $ 20,000.” Huh.

Anyway, this lack of coherence has infuriated the Baldfather, who had repeatedly tried to get Stephens out of jail in time for his fight and and claimed he was willing spend the amount of money it would take to free Charles Manson to do so. Like many things Dana White says, he may have been embellishing slightly.

While his support for his fighters is heartening and arguably the ethical course to take in these situations, Jeremy Stephens probably doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt in this case.

White goes on to say that he supports Jeremy Stephens in the latter’s upcoming legal battles, as he would any UFC fighter when they encounter legal trouble:

“Jeremy Stephens is a young kid, a young, dumb kid who made a mistake and made a bigger mistake by not taking care of it, but, he’s got a side to this story, everybody’s got their side of the story. I look at the problem and see what it is. I’m always going to believe my guy until I’m proven wrong. I’m always going to support the guys or girls who work for us. … There’s two sides to the story. I’m going to support my guy. You don’t have to be Rampage, or Jon Jones, or some of the big stars in the UFC, if you’re in the UFC and you’ve helped us and you’re a fighter here, I’m going to support you and I’m going to have your back, depending on how serious the situation is.”

On one hand, it’s admirable White is so willing to support his fighters no matter what. (Unless they’re accused of beating their wife. Or they make a rape joke on Twitter. Well, unless Dana likes you.) Technically, all of them are innocent until proven guilty to begin with.

Many of them, especially perennial undercard fighters like Stephens, need to fight in order to simply pay their bills. If the UFC didn’t back them and forced them to undergo legal proceedings on their own, they suffer serious financial repercussions, even though they may be innocent. And, like White claims, it appears the UFC does not discriminate in this regard between its superstars and the rest of its roster.

All in all, it’s the ethical approach to this situation from the major company.

That said, let’s be real here. Jeremy Stephens is not a “young, dumb kid.” He’s 26. He has a job.

Jeremy Stephens is not a dumb kid - he’s just dumb. In fact, he’s exceptionally dumb.

His nickname is “Lil’ Heathen” and he has a giant fucking cross on his back. Stephens probably saw an Affliction shirt at his local strip mall in Iowa with “Heathen” in some terrible font clearly intended to overcompensate for something, thought it looked really cool, asked one of his buddies to read it for him, and liked the way it sounded so much he made it his nickname. Come to think of it, his tattoo was probably inspired in a similar manner. (The words around his cross? “Only God Can Judge Me.” I’m sure the Des Moines district attorney is willing to put that to the test.)

Also, in addition to being stupid, Jeremy Stephens is an asshole.

Now, does this mean Jeremy Stephens is guilty? No.

But let’s stop pretending that he’s a victim of a justice system run wild. Jeremy Stephens’ assault case is stemming from last year.

He had time to deal with this beforehand and didn’t. Moreover, “A Des Moines police department spokesperson… said if [Stephens] had been arrested in Minnesota, it was because he missed his court date.” He brought this on himself – and, frankly, he brought Dana White, Yves Edwards and the UFC along with him by putting them through this mess. Because – I can’t stress this enough – he’s an idiot.

As for the charge itself, Stephens probably didn’t do himself any favors by – essentially – running from them for months. Even White, who has only heard Stephens’ side of the story, admits “there’s no doubt he’s responsible for the situation.” White adds a caveat that “he’s got a completely different story” from his accuser’s – shocking – but frankly, when you concede that a professional fighter is responsible for assaulting someone, it doesn’t look good.

As for the charges themelves, there’s virtually no information available on them. There’s a user on Reddit who claims Stephens beat another man badly and let a relative to take the fall instead, but the only evidence provided is a Facebook conversation. Not exactly a smoking gun.

So for now, Jeremy Stephens will remain in jail, Dana White will remain pissed, and we MMA fans will wonder just what the hell happened here. We’ll update you with more news when it becomes available, Potato Nation.

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Invicta FC 3 Penne vs. Sugiyama ‘Quick Results’

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Invicta Fighting Championships returns to the cage today (Oct. 6, 2012) at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas for the promotions third show ever.

The action takes place live via streaming video on the web at InvictaFC.com with the main card beginning at approx. 9pm EST (6pm PST), with the first match at 7pm EST (4pm PST).

The main event features the first title bout in Invicta FC history, as Jessica Penne and Naho Sugiyama square off for the inaugural 125-lbs title.

The entire fourteen fight card airs for free, so you have no excuse for not catching tonight’s action.

Check out the full ‘Quick Results’ for Invicta FC 3 below:

Main Card

Atomweight Championship Bout: Jessica Penne vs. Naho Sugiyama
Bantamweight Bout: Shayna Baszler def. Sarah D’Alelio via Submission (Rear-naked choke) – R2 @
Bantamweight Bout: Leslie Smith def. Kaitlin Young via TKO (Punches) – R2 @ 2:19
Flyweight Bout: Barb Honchak def. Aisling Daly via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight Bout: Vanessa Porto def. Tara LaRosa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight Bout: Cat Zingano def. Raquel Pennington via Submission (Rear-naked choke) – R2 @ 3:32
Atomweight Bout: Michelle Waterson def. Lacey Schuckman via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight Bout: Julia Budd def. Danielle West via TKO – R1 @ 2:32

Preliminary Card

Strawweight Bout: Carla Esparza def. Lynn Alvarez via TKO (Punches) – R1 @ 2:53
Flyweight Bout: Joanne Calderwood def. Ashley Cummins via KO (Knee to the body) – R1 @ 3:13
Atomweight Bout: Stephanie Frausto def. Amy Davis via Submission (Arm in Guillotine choke) – R1 @ 0:48
Bantamweight Bout: Jessamyn Duke def. Marciea Allen via Submission (Armbar) – R1 @ 4:42
Strawweight Bout: Tecia Torres def. Kaiyana Rain via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight Bout: Ediane Gomes def. Katalina Malungahu via Submission (Rear-naked choke) – R1 @ 4:19

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Video: Melvin Manhoef’s vicious knockout of Ryo Kawamura at ONE FC 6

Melvin Manhoef lived up to his “No Mercy” nickname earlier today (Oct. 6, 2012) at “Rise of Kings,” catching Ryo Kawamura with a devastating right hand and then nearly decapitating him with an even more devastating hammer fist.

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Jeremy Stephens Arrested; Dana White Says Bout with Yves Edwards Still On for UFC on FX 5

Just hours prior to his UFC on FX 5 collision with Yves Edwards, lightweight Jeremy Stephens was arrested in Minneapolis. However, the development will not prevent “Lil’ Heathen” from competing at tonight’s event, according to UFC President Dana White.
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‘Real Pain’ Results: Bautista vs. Lucero

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MMA Fighting has ‘Real Pain’ results for the CES 12 event Saturday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.

In the main event, former WWE champion Dave Bautista will make his mixed martial arts debut against Vince Lucero. Former UFC fighters David Loiseau and John Howard are also on the card.

Check out the Real Pain results below.

Main Card
Dave Bautista vs. Vince Lucero
David Loiseau vs. Chris McNally
Brett Chism vs. John Howard
Keith Jeffrey vs. Chad Reiner
Saul Almeida vs. Calvin Kattar
Gemiyale Adkins vs. Mike Campbell
Luis Felix def. Marc Stevens via unanimous decision

Undercard
Greg Rebello def. Chris Guillen via submission (rear-naked choke)
Tyler King def. Josh Diekmann via unanimous decision
Brennan Ward def. Shedrick Goodridge via first-round TKO
Nate Andrews def. Leon Davis via submission (guillotine)
Andre Soukhamthat def. Rob Costa via second-round TKO

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Invicta FC 3 Results: Penne vs. Sugiyama

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MMA Fighting has Invicta FC 3 results for Saturday night’s Penne vs. Sugiyama card at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

In the main event, Jessica Penne will battle Naho Sugiyama for the Invicta FC atomweight title. In the co-main event, Shayna Baszler will square off against Sarah D’Alelio.

Check out the Invicta FC 3 results below.

Main Card
Jessica Penne vs. Naho Sugiyama
Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah D’Alelio
Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young
Barb Honchak vs. Aisling Daly
Tara LaRosa vs. Vanessa Porto
Raquel Pennington vs. Cat Zingano
Michelle Waterson vs. Lacey Schuckman
Julia Budd vs. Danielle West

Undercard
Carla Esparza vs. Lynn Alvarez
Ashley Cummins vs. Joanne Calderwood
Amy Davis vs. Stephanie Frausto
Jessamyn Duke vs. Marciea Allen
Tecia Torres vs. Kaiyana Rain
Ediane Gomes def. Katalina Malungahu via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:19 of round one

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Matches to Make after UFC on FX: The Defeated

Josh Neer vs. John Maguire: If they keep Neer around this will be a good fight. Both fighters come to fight and both have a decent ground game. An excellent fight to add to any card as well as a perfect indicator as to who deserves to stay in the UFC. Jussier Formiga vs. Darrell Montague: You …

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UFC on FX 5 Prelims: Michael Johnson Topples Danny Castillo, Mike Pierce Flattens Aaron Simpson

As he was getting battered for the majority of the first five minutes of his lightweight showdown with Danny Castillo, Michael Johnson looked nothing like the future champion teammate Rashad Evans has claimed he can become.
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MMA’s flyweights loaded with skill, but need time to attract masses

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John Dodson decisively won himself a shot at the flyweight title on Friday night in Minneapolis. But in the secondary goal, to win the fans over when it comes to himself and the division as a whole, the best that can be said is his explosive finish saved a fight the fans weren’t liking.

Dodson (15-5) and Jussier da Silva Formiga (14-2) went more than eight minutes of quick movement and almost no connecting. The crowd started booing early and kept it up until Dodson scored his first knockdown with a left in the fight’s ninth minute. A second knockdown, also with a left, hurt Formiga enough that Dodson felt confident going to the ground against the jiu-jitsu specialist, and pounded him out for the win.

In knocking Formiga down with the first two hard punches in the fight that landed, Dodson was able to make a statement to those who complained about a 125 pound division consisting of people who have no knockout power. But even with the finish, and Dodson’s trying to entertain the fans by running up the cage and doing a front flip before landing, he didn’t fully win over a skeptical crowd at the Target Center.

When it comes to the flyweight division, which debuted in the UFC in March, it’s going to be a slow building process.
People have to learn and care about the top names and see the championship bouts as something special. The current UFC audience hasn’t fully embraced featherweight sand bantamweights, brought over at the start of 2011, as far as being willing to buy them as pay-per-view headliners. It will take more time for the flyweights, who didn’t have an established division on television in the old World Extreme Cagefighting promotion before being brought over.

The new flyweight division started with first champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) and Joseph Benavidez (16-3) as the two stars. They had been two small bantamweights, both good enough to earn a title shot at Domnick Cruz, each losing via decision. They were visibly undersized in that division and were joined by a few newcomers who were ranked at the top in the world before UFC established the division, like Ian McCall (11-3-1) and Formiga. Dodson and green-haired Louis Gaudinot (6-2) came from a third group, small bantamweights who fought in season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

Dodson will now face Johnson for the title. UFC President Dana White after the show couldn’t specify a timetable as to when the fight would happen. This would be, without question, the two quickest fighters ever matched up in a UFC championship bout. Dodson pointed that out right away.

“I’m going to challenge his speed and see how fast he can go,” said Dodson. “I’m going to push him where his strength is. I want to make sure I can keep up with him because I know that’s where he can push it. I want to push it faster and harder so we can both be exhausted when that fifth round comes around.”

Johnson’s win over Benavidez two weeks ago in Toronto to make him the first champion also got booed, and it’s easy to tie the reactions together.

Tthat was a polarizing fight that some thought was the best fight at UFC 152. Others thought differently. But what happened in the first eight minutes of Dodson vs. Formiga would have been booed by most crowds, whether they were small guys or big guys fighting a bout with little engagement. It wasn’t a reaction that crowds don’t want to see smaller fights. They were just fine with Darren Uyenoyama vs. Paul Harris earlier on the show. And it’s not like it was the only lackluster fight on the show, nor the only fight booed heavily at points.

Sure, there was a point as Dodson and Formiga kept darting back and forth while neither committed to anything in a nothing-happening first round that different thoughts were going through my head. What if two guys were so fast, so skilled and so well conditioned that neither can connect with the other through a three-round fight? And sure, it wouldn’t be hard to recognize they were great fighters, but they would still be having a lousy fight. While some will be impressed with the skill of avoiding all attacks from their opponent, they are going to be the distinct minority.

Dana White, after the show on the Fuel wrap-up, was unhappy with the fan reaction once again.

“It’s crazy, another fight that’s very important to both fighters, the guy who wins is going to get a title shot, and you get seven or eight beers in a guy and he thinks they’re supposed to run in crazy on each other with windmills,” said White. “He (Dodson) fought a very good technical fight. They were going back-and-forth, and finally he clips him and ends the fight. Let these guys fight for a minute without booing them.”

People who come from a boxing background can’t even entertain the idea that fans won’t accept fighters because they are small. In that sport, lighter weight fights have always had the most action. In recent years, it’s fighters less than 155 pounds who have dominated the big fights and drawn the most attention and money. They can only see ignorance when some UFC fans complain about the size of the guys.

Yet, UFC and boxing have completely different audiences. Boxing in the U.S. has been carried for years by Hispanic fans, who culturally have always supported smaller, gutsy athletes. For the most part, with obvious exceptions such as the night Cain Velasquez faced Junior Dos Santos last year, that audience hasn’t fully warmed up to MMA yet.

UFC fans have been always about wanting to see guys who they perceive as bad asses lock horns. And no matter how much athletic skill is involved, that’s difficult for some to accept of guys who are 5-foot-2, and they hear the number of 125 pounds, darting back-and-forth.

“They were booing and I was trying to make sure I can pick my shot,” said Dodson. “He’s (Formiga) the No. 1 guy who was unsigned. He was No. 1 (in the world) previously, before (Ian) McCall and Demetrious Johnson were there. So I wanted to make sure to fight a smart fight and not go in there stupid and swinging wild and give him an opportunity to capitalize on.”

People who take from the crowd reactions for the last two major fights that flyweights can’t win over the fans also have short memories. It was only seven months ago, the night the flyweights debuted on the big stage, when Johnson and McCall had a controversial draw and Benavidez beat Yasuhiro Urushitani in what was to be the semifinals of the title tournament. Both fights were exciting. Nobody left the show complaining. Booing didn’t exist.

This doesn’t mean they can headline, at least not yet. It’s UFC policy that a championship fight always goes on last. And there are so many shows that it’s often not feasible to have two title bouts on the same show, where a fight like Johnson vs. Dodson wouldn’t end the show. For a TV card, perhaps it would work in the right city. Cruz vs. Johnson tore down the house as a main event for the bantamweight title in Washington, D.C., a rare TV card that live felt like a pay-per-view. But for a pay-per-view, these guys aren’t going to pull numbers on their own, at least just yet.

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Shinya Aoki quickly submits Arnaud Lepont, asks for One FC title shot

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It didn’t take long for Shinya Aoki to do what he does best. The former DREAM lightweight champion ran through brash French challenger Arnaud Lepont at ONE FC 6, submitting him via triangle in just over a minute in the very first round.

The bout wasn’t close even for a few seconds.

Within seconds of the bell initiating the action, Aoki clinched with Lepont and used and outside trip/body lock takedown to bring the Frenchman to the mat. Within seconds, the disparity in grappling ability was in glaring display as Aoki moved to mount, grapevined Lepont’s legs to secure position, then transitioned to high mount as Lepont struggled helplessly underneath.

A few well-placed hammerfists from Aoki gave him all the opening he needed as he reaped Lepont’s left arm as the Frenchman tried to block Aoki’s ground and pound. The Japanese fighter then angled for an arm bar, but needed more room as the two fighters were close to the fence.

Lepont tried to roll through as Aoki adjusted, but to no avail. Aoki countered his maneuvering by transitioning to a triangle choke, and subsequently rolled to his own back to finish the submission. Lepont grimaced from the squeeze for a few seconds before going completely unconscious. Referee Yuji Shimata called a halt to the action at 1:25 of the very first round.

Following the win, Aoki grabbed the microphone from ONE FC commentator Jason Chambers and exclaimed to the crownd in attendance at the Indoor Singapore Arena, “I want a title shot!” before falling to his knees, sobbing from relief.

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