Promotion officials voiced the headlines Friday. Cholish postulated agroin damage will stop him from competing against Edwards at theDec. 8 event, that takes place at Seattle’s KeyArena. Theevening’s principal pull front live on Fox’s flagship network and istopped by a lightweight pretension lean between reigning winner BensonHenderson and rival Nate Diaz .
Stephens and Edwards were primarily requisitioned against any other lastmonth at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. However, that pairing wasscrapped only hours before the eventuality when Stephens was arrested onan out of state warrant.
Known for his power punching, Stephens, 26, rides two consecutivevictories streamer in to his short-notice appearance. “Lil’ Heathen”kicked off final year with victories over Marcus Davis and DanielDownes but closed out 2011 with a split-decision better toformer WEC winner AnthonyPettis . Most recently, Stephens was outpointed by other WECvet in DonaldCerrone on May 15 at UFC on Fuel TV 3.
Edwards, 36, has mislaid two of his final 3 after postingback-to-back victories in his lapse to the Octagon. The “ThugjitsuMaster” will make his initial look of 2012 against Stephens,competing is to initial time given he was outpointed by “UltimateFighter” Season 13 winner TonyFerguson final December at the “TUF 14” finale.