UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi Results
By Joel Croichy
Sunday, UFC returned to action with UFC Fight Night: “Stephens vs. Choi” inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis. In the headliner, Jeremy Stephens (27–14) stopped Doo Ho Choi (14–3) via TKO in the second round.
Once again, Stephens displayed on Sunday his incredible knockout ability after dismantling prospect Choi inside the second round. It was a feeling out process in round one with both competitors staying in the pocket and exchanging strikes. The power Stephens possesses in his hands gave him the clear advantage, and he landed huge shots that rattled his opponent. In round two, while Choi was moving back toward the cage, Stephens landed a monstrous right that dropped him. With Choi laying on his back, Stephens then delivered a series of ground strikes which led to the TKO win.
In the co-main event, Jessica-Rose Clark (9–4–1) extended her winning streak to three after scoring a decision win over Paige VanZant (7–4). For the most part, both competitors seemed matched up evenly in the wrestling department. With Clark having the size advantage, she successfully secured and maintained dominant positions over her opponent. VanZant was down on the cards heading into the final round, but she showed ton of heart and relied mostly on kicks while on the feet. In the end, all three judges favored Clark as the winner.
Impressively Kamaru Usman (12–1) extended his winning streak to 11 after picking up a unanimous decision win over Emil Meek (9–3–1). Usman relied heavily on his phenomenal ground game to out-wrestled his opponent for majority of the fight. Kicking off the main card, Darren Elkins (25–5) secured a comeback win over featherweight newcomer and heavy striker, Michael Johnson (17–13). In the first round, Johnson was getting the best out of Elkins by displaying his sharp striking skills. Elkins kept his composure in the second round, took the bout to the ground, and then delivered strikes to his opponent. Eventually, Elkins found an opening, locked his arms under Johnson’s neck, and captured a submission win.
With this win, Stephens now has earned his second consecutive win and captured his 27th victory in his career. With a featherweight division filled with elite competitors in the top ten, it’s going to be exciting to see who the UFC matchmakers will pair Stephens up next. See the full results below:
Jeremy Stephens def. Doo Ho Choi via TKO (punches) at 2:36 of R2
Jessica-Rose Clark def. Paige VanZant via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kamaru Usman def. Emil Meek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Darren Elkins def. Michael Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:22 of R2
James Krause def. Alex White via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Polo Reyes def. Matt Frevola via KO (punch) at 1:00 of R1
Irene Aldana def. Talita Bernardo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyung Ho Kang def. Guido Cannetti via submission (triangle choke) at 4:53 of R1
Jessica Eye def. Kalindra Faria via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
JJ Aldrich def. Danielle Taylor via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mads Burnell def. MIke Santiago via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)