Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi were expected to put on a show, and it was certainly fun while it lasted.
Stephens and Choi received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their featherweight showdown in the UFC Fight Night 124 headliner at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Sunday. After a closely contested first round, Stephens dropped “The Korean Superboy” with a right hand to the temple early in the second period. From there, the veteran slugger unloaded with ferocious ground-and-pound, bringing an end to the contest 2:36 into round two.
Elsewhere, Darren Elkins garnered a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for a come-from-behind victory over Michael Johnson in a featured featherweight affair. Johnson appeared to be in control in round one, as he used his superior speed and quickness to batter his opponent on the feet. The tide turned when Elkins was able to get a takedown in the second stanza, however, and “The Damage” eventually scrambled to his foe’s back to earn a rear-naked choke submission at the 2:22 mark.
Finally, Marco Polo Reyes earned the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check for a first-round knockout of Matt Frevola in a preliminary lightweight scrap. Reyes rocked and dropped his opponent during an early exchange, and “El Toro” kept the pressure on from there, ending the contest with a right hand to the jaw 60 seconds into the opening stanza.
#UFCSTL bonuses:— Mike Fridley (@mikefridley) January 15, 2018
Fight of the Night: Stephens vs. Choi
Performance of the Night: Reyes, Elkins