Veteran Yves Edwards stops Jeremy Stephens on undercard of UFC Seattle card

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SEATTLE - First it was the long arm of the law. Then it was Yves Edwards' right hand and elbow.

Lightweight Jeremy (Lil' Heathen) Stephens, arrested just hours before his last fight, was knocked out by Edwards on the undercard of a televised UFC card Saturday.

The 36-year-old Edwards (42-18-1) floored Stephens (20-9) with a right to the chin and then finished him off with elbows on the ground at one minute 55 seconds of the first round to cap a wild set of preliminary fights at KeyArena.

"Damn, that's smooth," Edwards said as he watched the replay.

The next date circled on Stephens' calendar is Dec. 13 for a pre-trial conference in Iowa on charges of wilful injury causing serious injury, burglary in the first degree and assault causing bodily injury.

He was taken into custody on an oustanding warrant on the day of his last scheduled fight, also against Edwards, in Minneapolis on Oct. 5 and spent 12 days behind bars before being bailed out. The 26-year-old Stephens, who received a warm welcome from the Seattle crowd, maintains his innocence.

The televised card at KeyArena was one of pay-per-view quality, with a title fight in lightweight title-holder Benson Henderson versus Nate Diaz and a co-main event pitting former light-heavyweight champion Mauricio (Shogun) Rua against rising Swedish star Alexander (The Mauler) Gustafsson.

But perhaps stealing the pre-fight attention was the welterweight bout between former champion B.J. (The Prodigy) Penn and Canadian young gun Rory (Ares) MacDonald.

The Montreal-based fighter was booed as he was shown entering the arena on the big screen. Penn's entrance earned cheers.

Earlier, Germany's Dennis Siver (21-8) put on a show in his second outing at featherweight, dominating Nam Phan and showing off a complete arsenal en route to a 30-24, 30-25, 30-26 decision.

Silver, whose day job is BMW mechanic, was on fire in the first round, lashing Phan (18-12) with kicks and punches.

"Nam Phan is tough!!!," tweeted White.

But Phan never got going as Siver mixed straight strikes with spinning leg kicks and takedowns. He bloodied Phan up on the floor in the second and third round to improve his UFC record to 10-5.

Lightweight Daron (Detroit Superstar) Cruickshank felled Henry (Sicario) Martinez with a highlight-reel head kick at 2:57 at of the second round. Martinez crumpled while Cruickshank (12-2) stood in place, throwing his arms up in victory before doing a backflip.

A bloody Martinez had to be led back to his corner after a first round that saw him survive a prolonged pummelling at the fence after eating a kick to the body and then, later in the round, a kick to the head.

Whatever Martinez (9-3) was paid for the fight wasn't enough, considering the punishment he took. Especially since he forfeited 20 per cent of his purse to Cruickshank after failing to make the 156-pound limit Friday.

Bantamweight Scott (Young Guns) Jorgensen choked out John (Prince) Albert with one second left in the first round after a back-and-forth entertaining scrap that saw both men show off weapons on the ground. Albert, who fights out of Puyallup, Wash., gave up his back while trying to scramble to his feet and paid for it.

"I knew I only had 10 seconds so I squeezed as hard as I could and hoped for the best," said Jorgensen.

"That fight was AWESOME!!!!," tweeted UFC boss Dana White.

The win was the first in three tries in 2012 for Jorgensen (14-6) while Albert (7-4) lost his third straight. But he was entertaining enough to warrant a return.

UFC newcomer Abel (Killa) Trujillo stopped lightweight Marcus (The Prospect) LeVesseur by TKO at 3:56 of the second round with a string of nasty knees to the body of his turtled opponent. LeVesseur controlled Trujillo at the fence early in the fight but paid for a takedown attempt as Trujillo (10-4) nailed him with elbows and knees.

Softened up, LeVesseur (22-7) could not respond to the punishment at the fence and the fight was stopped.

LeVesseur only found out Friday he was back on the card. His fight was pulled five days ago when opponent Michael Chiesa fell ill but was summoned back when Trujillo's opponent — Tim (The Dirty Bird) Means — fell in the sauna and hit his head.

"Good match to my opponent. This week has been so random and messed up," LeVesseur said via Twitter.

Said Trujillo: "It was a roller-coaster the last couple days not knowing if I would get an opponent."

Lightweight Ramsey Nijem ended Joe Proctor's four-fight win streak with a 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 decision that saw Proctor survive a front kick that put him down in the first round.

Brazilian bantamweight Raphael Assuncao (18-4) handed Mike (The Hulk) Easton (13-2) his first loss in the UFC after three wins, earning a 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 decision.

Organizations: KeyArena, BMW

Geographic location: SEATTLE, Iowa, Minneapolis Germany Puyallup, Wash.

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