Jeremy Stephens TKOs Choi at UFC St. Louis, Paige VanZant Breaks Arm in Loss

Jeremy Stephens TKOs Choi at UFC St. Louis

UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens earned a major win on Sunday (Jan. 14), when he knocked out Doo Ho Choi in the main event at UFC Fight Night St. Louis.

In front of a huge crowd at Scottrade Center, the 31-year-old Stephens (27-14) finished the “Korean Superboy” int he second round, after dropping him with a massive right and finishing him with some vicious ground and pound.

Officially declared a TKO, the finish came at the 2:36 mark in the second. Stephens dropped Choi with an overhand right and stood over him, reigning down elbows and rights as Choi tried to cover up and the referee stepped in.

The win was his 18th career knockout victory of Stephens’ career.

As for Choi (14-3), he was moreso in control of the action in the opening round, using his height advantages effectively by keeping Stephens out of range with kicks. Things changed in the second, with Stephens began to land his own kicks to the body.

Stephens has gone 4-5 record in his past nine contests. But now, with two wins in a row, he has some momentum and could land another big fight next.

Choi, 26, is 0-2 in his past two UFC appearances. He took a close decision loss to Cub Swanson in December 2016, before missing all of 2017 to injury.

In the co-main event, UFC flyweight Paige VanZant took her second straight loss, via unanimous decision to Jessica-Rose Clark, who controlled the popular women’s fighter on the ground.

VanZant (7-4) suffered a broken right arm in the first round while throwing a spinning backfist, but fought through three rounds and finished the fight, but was at a disadvantage obviously.

After the fight, she posted an image of an X-ray showing her broken arm, adding: Well… I broke my arm in the first! I was able to finish the fight but as you can see, had a hard recovering and throwing my right. I’ll be back better and stronger than ever! It’s a part of the fight game.”

For VanZant, it was her second straight loss, following a submission loss to Michelle Waterson in December 2016; and third of her past four.

The Aussie Clark improved to 9-5, earning her second straight win in the UFC