UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi

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UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi
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The poster for UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)
VenueScottrade Center
CitySt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Attendance10,052[1]
Total gate$812,995[1]
Event chronology
UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou

UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi (also known as UFC Fight Night 124) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on January 14, 2018, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.[2]

Background[edit]

The event marked the promotion's first visit to St. Louis. Former Zuffa subsidiary Strikeforce previously contested three events in the city, the most recent in December 2010.[3]

The event was headlined by a featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi.[4]

A welterweight bout between Kamaru Usman and Emil Weber Meek was originally scheduled for UFC 219. However, due to an alleged visa issue for Meek which affected his travel schedule, the pairing was delayed and then rescheduled for UFC 220.[5] However, on the next day, it was shifted to this event.[6]

Zak Cummings was expected to face Thiago Alves at the event. However just two days before the bout, Cummings injured himself after falling and the bout was canceled.[7]

At the weigh-ins, Mads Burnell weighed in at 150 pounds, 4 pounds over the featherweight non-title fight upper limit of 146 pounds. As such, the bout proceeded at a catchweight and Burnell forfeited 20% of his purse to his opponent Mike Santiago. Meanwhile, Uriah Hall did not weigh in as he fainted en route to the weigh-ins and his fight against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament winner Vitor Belfort was canceled.[8][9]

Results[edit]

Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Jeremy Stephens def. Doo Ho Choi TKO (punches and elbows) 2 2:36
Women's Flyweight Jessica-Rose Clark def. Paige VanZant Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Kamaru Usman def. Emil Weber Meek Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Darren Elkins def. Michael Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 2:22
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Lightweight James Krause def. Alex White Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Polo Reyes def. Matt Frevola KO (punch) 1 1:00
Women's Bantamweight Irene Aldana def. Talita Bernardo Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Kyung Ho Kang def. Guido Cannetti Submission (triangle choke) 1 4:53
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women's Flyweight Jessica Eye def. Kalindra Faria Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight JJ Aldrich def. Danielle Taylor Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (150 lbs) Mads Burnell def. Mike Santiago Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00

[10]

Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[11]

  • Fight of the Night: Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi
  • Performance of the Night: Darren Elkins and Polo Reyes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2018-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 124 draws announced attendance of 10,052 for $812,995 live gate in St. Louis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ Staff (2017-11-05). "UFC announces Q1 event schedule". ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  3. ^ Staff (2017-11-05). "UFC coming to St. Louis on January 14, 2018". reallifestl.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  4. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2017-12-18). "Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi confirmed as UFC St. Louis main event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  5. ^ Ariel Helwani (2017-12-13). "Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek rescheduled for UFC 220". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  6. ^ Staff (2017-12-14). "Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  7. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2018-01-12). "Zak Cummings out of UFC St. Louis due to injury". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  8. ^ Staff (2018-01-13). "UFC Fight Night 124 weigh-in results: Co-headliner called off, one fighter heavy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  9. ^ Nick Baldwin (2018-01-13). "Report: Uriah Hall fainted en route to UFC St. Louis weigh-ins". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  10. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  11. ^ Staff (2018-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 124 bonuses: Darren Elkins' latest crazy comeback worth extra $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.