UFC Fight Night 124 takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, January 14.
The main event in this rare Sunday night UFC event featured a featherweight bout between longtime UFC Veteran Jeremy Stephens and rising start “Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi. Results below.
Two fights were scrapped from the card in the hours leading up to the event. Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort was to make his final trip to the octagon when he was scheduled to take on Uriah Hall. Hall however did not weigh in yesterday within the given two hour early weigh in time period and the fight was pulled from the card. Hall apparently suffered kidney failure and a seizure and was taken to a nearby medical facility.
Also, Zak Cummings was to meet Thiago Alves in a welterweight fight, but the fight was scratched after Cummings slipped and his head while exiting the tub during a weight cut.
Jessica-Rose Clark defeated a game Paige VanZant who was making her UFC flyweight debut. The fight did not come without incident however as Clark entered the octagon on news that not only was her home in Australia robbed, but also that her cat was killed in the incident. VanZant broke her arm mid-bout but did not quit. The fight would go to a decision with Clark getting her arm raised.
The UFC put on a beautiful tribute to Hall of Famer Matt Hughes who was injured last year in an accident when a truck he was driving came in contact with a moving train. Hughes walked to the octagon and sat next to UFC President Dana White.
“The Nigerian Nighmare” Kamaru Usman says he was only at 30% tonight after he defeated Emil Meek via unanimous decision. Can you imagine him at 100%
WOW!!!! Fight of the Year winner Michael Johnson moved down to 145-pounds and found his match in Darren Elkins. Who saw that one coming? Elkins submits Johnson in the second round via rear-naked choke. Very impressive.
James Krause extended his win streak to four with a unanimous decision victory of Alex White in the main fight on the FS1 preliminary bouts.
Marco Polo Reyes made quick work of UFC newcomer Matt Frevola with a knockout just one minute into their fight.
Jessica Eye and Kalindra Faria put on a jiu-jitsu clinic in the first round of their scheduled three-round flyweight affair. Eye looked fantastic down at 125-pounds. The second round was completely in her favor as she controlled position for more than three minutes. Eye wins the bout via split decision.
Mads Burnell kicked off the night on UFC Fight Pass with a unanimous decision win over Mike Santiago. The fight was Burnell’s second in the octagon but his first win since becoming under contract with Zuffa.
Complete UFC Fight Night 124 results below:
MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
Jeremy Stephens defeated Doo Ho Choi via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:36
Jessica-Rose Clark defeated Paige VanZant via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kamaru Usman defeated Emil Meek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Darren Elkins defeated Michael Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) -Round 2, 2:22
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
James Krause defeated Alex White via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marco Polo Reyes defeated Matt Frevola via KO – Round 1, 1:00
Irene Aldana vs. Talita Bernardo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyung Ho Kang defeated Guido Cannetti via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:53
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Jessica Eye defeated Kalindra Faria via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
J.J. Aldrich defeated Danielle Taylor via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mads Burnell vs. Mike Santiago via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)