On Saturday, Oct. 5, Edwards was scheduled to fight at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis but had his fight scrapped at the twenty-third hour after his opponent, Jeremy Stephens, was arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department just hours before the event. Edwards remained prepared to fight throughout the night in case Stephens was released from custody, but ultimately he was left without an opponent and did not fight. The UFC paid Edwards the show money portion of his contract and promised him a spot on an upcoming card.
News of the 155-pound contest was first reported by Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com.
Edwards (41-18-1) has not fought since The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in Dec. 2011 where he lost a unanimous decision to Tony Ferguson. The 36-year-old is 1-2 in his past three fights with the lone victory coming over Rafaello Oliveira. Edwards is 9-6 overall in the UFC dating back to his first octagon appearance at UFC 33 in 2001.
Cholish (8-2) was handed his first professional loss in nearly five years when he was defeated by Danny Castillo at UFC on FOX 4 in May. Cholish, a part-time fighter part-time commodities broker in New York, is 1-1 in the UFC in two appearances and will attempt to push his UFC record above .500 with a victory over the much more experienced Edwards.
UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz goes down from KeyArena in Seattle, Washing., on Dec. 8. The main event of the evening will see Benson Henderson attempt to make his second lightweight title defense against Nate Diaz.
Along with the Henderson vs. Diaz headliner, a light heavyweight contest between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson has been confirmed for the event.