Esther Lin, combatlifestyle.com
Long-time MMA and UFC veteran Yves Edwards was unable to fight last Friday due to the arrest of his opponent Jeremy Stephens. Edwards was paid his show money, and he will get to fight before the end of the year on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 5.
Lost in all of the focus on Jeremy Stephens' arrest and Dana White's handling of the situation was the status of Yves Edwards. The Bahamian was paid his show money to compensate for not being able to fight as scheduled. Well now the veteran of the sport has another fight booked, and it's scheduled for the UFC on FOX 5 preliminary card. Details were confirmed by Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting:
Yves Edwards has a new fight. After his scheduled bout at UFC on FX 5 with Jeremy Stephens fell out, UFC President Dana White promised to get the ATT-trained lightweight a new fight. Edwards will now face John Cholish at UFC on FOX 5 on Dec. 8th.
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Wednesday with event sources.
Always a fan favorite, Edwards has rebounded nicely from the near-impossible task of getting knocked out by Sam Stout in the UFC by dominating Rafaello Oliveira and taking Tony Ferguson to a close decision but ultimately coming up short. His career defining moment was his amazing flying head kick KO of Josh Thomson at UFC 49. He's 36-years-old with 60 MMA fights on his record so time is running short on his career so hopefully he can get a few more wins in.
Cholish is 1-1 in the UFC after dropping a decision to Danny Castillo in May. He debuted with a TKO win over Mitch Clarke at UFC 140. The Cornell grad was previous on an 8-fight win streak before the Castillo fight, and now he faces his highest profile opponent to date.