Fearsome featherweights Jeremy Stephens (#9th ranked) and Doo Ho Choi (#13th ranked) met in the Octagon tonight (Sun., Jan. 14, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 124 from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, live on FOX Sports 1.
The Korean Superboy, Doo Ho Choi, walked out to the John Williams “Superman” theme. His child-like face belied his immense punching power. He throws with no telegraph and McGregor-like accuracy, but Jeremy Stephens is no pushover in the power department himself; his winging hooks, experience, and insane durability could give Choi issues. They almost didn’t touch gloves, but at the last second Jeremy reached out and Choi met his glove.
Stephens came out feinting. They traded leg kicks. Choi surprised by going with a leg-kick heavy approach in the first round. Stephens was swinging hard, looking to land his heavy hooks. Choi was very calm, as was his wont. Stephens landed a big overhand, then connected on a hook to the body. Choi began to pressure, but didnt’ land that signature one-two. Stephens waded in and they clinched. Choi finally landed a couple hooks at the one-minute mark. Stephens landed a jab, then they traded jabs. Choi slipped a straight punch to land one of his own. That was an interesting first round, with Choi banking up low kicks and Stephens looking for power shots.
Choi landed a front snap kick to Stephens’ face and that kicked off a wild first minute, both fighters looking to connect. Stephens landed some of those hooks, with Choi whiffing on a huge uppercut. Stephens countered a leg kick with a huge straight right that snapped Choi’s head back. Choi was backpedaling as Stephens’ pressured. Stephens got the knockdown with a hook as Choi circled out! He landed a couple enormous elbows from the top, and as he moved in for more the referee had seen enough! That’s the finish, and a huge win for Jeremy Stephens!
Jeremy Stephens called a Korean translator over to communicate his respect to Doo Ho Choi in Korean. He says those elbows he landed were for Josh Neer; that there was no way he was coming to the Midwest and losing. He called out Brian Ortega, swore happily on network TV and, at the end, to the camera: “we translatin’ tonight!” Great win for Jeremy Stephens.
Official result: Jeremy Stephens def. Doo Ho Choi via TKO at 2:36 of Round 2
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