Two lightweight bombers are set to go to war this weekend at UFC on FX 5. Yves Edwards was once thought to be the uncrowned lightweight champion in the UFC when the division was dissolved, but by the time it came back he was all but forgotten. At the ripened age of 36 he has proven that there is a lot left in the tank, while Stephens needs to prove that he still can make it happen after two disappointing losses. This could potentially be each of their last fights in the octagon, but with their exciting styles each of them could stick around with a loss. Neither of them will accept the loss though.
Yves is a master of ‘Thugjitsu’ a discipline all his own, but one that makes for exciting fights. Returning to the octagon after a near four year absence Yves made up for lost time taking out veteran fighter John Gunderson, and submitting guillotine specialist Cody McKenzie. Then he ran into a pair of hands of stone in Sam Stout when Yves was knocked out for the first time in his career. He rebounded nicely with his own TKO win, but then lost a decision to Ultimate Fighter winner Tony Ferguson in a fight that could have went either way. After his first knockout Yves may be a little more tentative against Stephens since he holds dynamite in his fist.
Stephens has never been a truly consistent fighter with nothing more than two straight wins in the octagon, but then again he has never lost two in a row as well. A career best 4-1 streak in the octagon was only marred by a bad decision loss to, at the time, contender Melvin Guillard. He also beat the aforementioned Sam Stout and knockout former welterweight contender Marcus Davis. Since that time he lost a wrestling match to Anthony Pettis, and was beaten soundly by Donald Cerrone. He has a chance to prove his standup game against Yves who has never been one to take it to the ground.
Prediction: Jeremy Stephens wins via unanimous decision after a stand-up war turns to grappling.