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UFC St. Louis results: Jeremy Stephens finishes Doo Ho Choi in second round

UFC Fight Night: Stephens v Choi
Jeremy Stephens rocked Doo Ho Choi at UFC St. Louis on Sunday night.
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Attempting to stand and trade with Jeremy Stephens has led to bad results for many a fighter over the years.

Doo Ho Choi was added to the list on Sunday night.

Stephens took a round to figure things out in his UFC St. Louis main event, then showed off the heavy hands which have long been his stock in trade.

Stephens put a hurting on “The Korean Superboy” until the fight at Scottrade Center was waved off at the 2:56 mark of the second round in a featherweight fight.

The opening round was a tactical and methodical affair. Choi looked poised and speedy and outlanded Stephens on signficant stikes by a 2-to-1 margin, but Stephens landed the heavier shots.

That turned out to be a precursor of things to come. Choi landed a flush front kick early in the second round, but Stephens shook it off and pressed forward. Among the big blows were an uppercut to the jaw, a straight right, and a right hook to the ear that dropped Choi. Several blows later, including a right to the jaw which bounced Choi’s head off that mat, and the fight was over.

Afterward, Stephens, who has won two in a row, called out top featherweight contender Brian Ortega.

“Brian Ortega, where’s he at, I know he had a big win,” Stephens said. “I just want to fight whoever is in front of me.”

Stephens’ 17th KO/TKO and 20th stoppage victory improved his record to (27-14). Choi (14-3) has dropped two in a row.

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