The UFC began their 2018 campaign in St. Louis, Missouri, with Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi headlining UFC Fight Night 124.
Despite what looked to be an appealing schedule, the card failed to deliver in many ways and left the fans in the Scottrade Center feeling displeased all the way up until the main event.
Fight of the Night
It took them a full five minutes to get going, but by the time round two came around Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi began swinging for the fences. Choi began finding success with his kicks, but it didn’t take long for Stephens’ overwhelming pressure and powerful punches to take their toll on the South Korean. A devastating hook from Stephens sent Choi to the canvas before the veteran followed it up with significant ground and pound to end the fight.
Stephens and Choi cashed an extra $50,000 for their efforts in the main event.
Performance of the Night
Earlier in the night, heavy-handed Polo Reyes ended Matt Frevola’s UFC debut in just one minute. The debutant attempted to brawl with Reyes and paid the ultimate price, falling to a straight right hand of Reyes 1:00 into the first round. Reyes picked up a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus and now moves to 4-1 in the UFC since arriving in 2015.
Starting the main card, Darren Elkins showcased his tremendous durability against Michael Johnson. Johnson, in his move to featherweight, looked outstanding in the first round and connected with punches at will. However, once Elkins took the fight to the mat in the second round, he began controlling Johnson and dominating the contest. Johnson tapped to a rear-naked choke 2:22 into the second round and Elkins scored his seventh consecutive victory. The 33-year-old picked up his second Performance of the Night bonus in the span of three fights and also cashed an extra $50,000 for his submission.
The UFC reported the attendance as 10,052 and gate revenue of $812,995.