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ST. LOUIS – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $135,000.

UFC Fight Night 124 took place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC), who on top of a TKO victory over Dooho Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the event headliner, received $20,000 for his 27th octagon appearance.

The full UFC Fight Night 124 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
def. Dooho Choi: $5,000

Jessica-Rose Clark: $3,500
def. Paige VanZant: $5,000

Kamaru Usman: $5,000
def. Emil Meek: $3,500

Darren Elkins: $15,000
def. Michael Johnson: $15,000

James Krause: $10,000
def. Alex White: $5,000

Polo Reyes: $5,000
def. Matt Frevola: $3,500

Irene Aldana: $3,500
def. Talita Bernardo: $3,500

Kyung Ho Kang: $5,000
def. Guido Cannetti: $3,500

Jessica Eye: $5,000
def. Kalindra Faria: $3,500

J.J. Aldrich: $3,500
def. Danielle Taylor: $5,000

Mads Burnell: $3,500
def. Mike Santiago: $3,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $135,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $16,753,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 124 Athlete Outfitting pay: New tier structure brings higher total

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ST. LOUIS – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $135,000.

UFC Fight Night 124 took place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC), who on top of a TKO victory over Dooho Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the event headliner, received $20,000 for his 27th octagon appearance.

The full UFC Fight Night 124 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
def. Dooho Choi: $5,000

Jessica-Rose Clark: $3,500
def. Paige VanZant: $5,000

Kamaru Usman: $5,000
def. Emil Meek: $3,500

Darren Elkins: $15,000
def. Michael Johnson: $15,000

James Krause: $10,000
def. Alex White: $5,000

Polo Reyes: $5,000
def. Matt Frevola: $3,500

Irene Aldana: $3,500
def. Talita Bernardo: $3,500

Kyung Ho Kang: $5,000
def. Guido Cannetti: $3,500

Jessica Eye: $5,000
def. Kalindra Faria: $3,500

J.J. Aldrich: $3,500
def. Danielle Taylor: $5,000

Mads Burnell: $3,500
def. Mike Santiago: $3,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $135,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $16,753,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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'UFC 220 Countdown' full episode with Miocic-Ngannou, Cormier-Oezdemir

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Did you miss the debut of “UFC 220 Countdown,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full episode now.

The one-hour special previews the headlining title fight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) – one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in MMA history.

RelatedRise of the Predator: Francis Ngannou, from pro debut to 'KO of the Year'

UFC 220 takes place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston. The main card, which includes two title fights, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“Countdown,” which debuted Sunday on FS1, also dives into the co-main event between light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

“Countdown’ goes behind the scenes with all four fighters, and you can watch the full episode above.

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'UFC 220 Countdown' full episode with Miocic-Ngannou, Cormier-Oezdemir

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Did you miss the debut of “UFC 220 Countdown,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full episode now.

The one-hour special previews the headlining title fight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) – one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in MMA history.

RelatedRise of the Predator: Francis Ngannou, from pro debut to 'KO of the Year'

UFC 220 takes place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston. The main card, which includes two title fights, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“Countdown,” which debuted Sunday on FS1, also dives into the co-main event between light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

“Countdown’ goes behind the scenes with all four fighters, and you can watch the full episode above.

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dana White rips Kamaru Usman's UFC Fight Night 124 post-fight speech; Usman clarifies

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ST. LOUIS – Kamaru Usman and Dana White figure to have an awkward conversation the next time they sit down for a chat.

After Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) called for a meeting with the UFC president, presumably to discuss bigger fights, White slammed the standout welterweight’s performance and post-fight speech in the co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 124.

“I didn’t love that fight,” White said of Usman’s decision over Emil Meek during the FS1 post-fight show for Sunday’s event. “Yeah, he’s a tough guy. Yeah, he can impose his will. But you don’t jump up and start acting like you knocked somebody out and say you only went 30 percent. So what’s that mean? What if you’re on pay-per-view? Do you use 60 percent?”

White blasted Usman’s post-fight declaration that he’d fought and dominated Meek (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at only 30 percent of his abilities in the cage.

“It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard somebody say, and you’re getting booed out of the arena on top of it,” White said. “I don’t know. We’ll see what’s next for him.”

That doesn’t sound like the ringing endorsement Usman sought to move up the welterweight ladder against higher-ranked opposition. Following his win, Usman called out top contender Colby Covington and declared himself the best at 170 pounds.

Usman tried to clarify his remarks afterward on Twitter, explaining he came into the fight with an injury.

Via Twitter:

Let me clear something up since some didn’t understand my post fight interview. What I meant was that I came into the fight at 30% health. I could’ve pulled out but I chose 2 stay the course & give @emilvalhalla his chance @ a top 10 guy. I fight anyone, anytime even at 30%.

— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) January 15, 2018

Usman’s manager has pushed for Covington as an opposing coach for “The Ultimate Fighter 27.” But that idea doesn’t draw much enthusiasm from White.

“I just don’t think either one of those guys have done anything to really cement themselves as ‘TUF’ coaches right now,” White told MMAjunkie backstage at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “Although beating Demian Maia is a very big deal, very big deal. After Usman’s fight tonight I just don’t see those guys as, you know.”

The way White sees it, Usman needs to work on his timing before he starts making big demands about his career.

“You just fought a guy who wasn’t ranked and went to a decision, and the people were booing you at the end,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the right time to call a guy out, when they’re booing you out of the stadium.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White rips Kamaru Usman's UFC Fight Night 124 post-fight speech; Usman clarifies

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ST. LOUIS – Kamaru Usman and Dana White figure to have an awkward conversation the next time they sit down for a chat.

After Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) called for a meeting with the UFC president, presumably to discuss bigger fights, White slammed the standout welterweight’s performance and post-fight speech in the co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 124.

“I didn’t love that fight,” White said of Usman’s decision over Emil Meek during the FS1 post-fight show for Sunday’s event. “Yeah, he’s a tough guy. Yeah, he can impose his will. But you don’t jump up and start acting like you knocked somebody out and say you only went 30 percent. So what’s that mean? What if you’re on pay-per-view? Do you use 60 percent?”

White blasted Usman’s post-fight declaration that he’d fought and dominated Meek (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at only 30 percent of his abilities in the cage.

“It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard somebody say, and you’re getting booed out of the arena on top of it,” White said. “I don’t know. We’ll see what’s next for him.”

That doesn’t sound like the ringing endorsement Usman sought to move up the welterweight ladder against higher-ranked opposition. Following his win, Usman called out top contender Colby Covington and declared himself the best at 170 pounds.

Usman tried to clarify his remarks afterward on Twitter, explaining he came into the fight with an injury.

Via Twitter:

Let me clear something up since some didn’t understand my post fight interview. What I meant was that I came into the fight at 30% health. I could’ve pulled out but I chose 2 stay the course & give @emilvalhalla his chance @ a top 10 guy. I fight anyone, anytime even at 30%.

— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) January 15, 2018

Usman’s manager has pushed for Covington as an opposing coach for “The Ultimate Fighter 27.” But that idea doesn’t draw much enthusiasm from White.

“I just don’t think either one of those guys have done anything to really cement themselves as ‘TUF’ coaches right now,” White told MMAjunkie backstage at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “Although beating Demian Maia is a very big deal, very big deal. After Usman’s fight tonight I just don’t see those guys as, you know.”

The way White sees it, Usman needs to work on his timing before he starts making big demands about his career.

“You just fought a guy who wasn’t ranked and went to a decision, and the people were booing you at the end,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the right time to call a guy out, when they’re booing you out of the stadium.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White: Rafael dos Anjos next for UFC champ Tyron Woodley, who still wants Georges St-Pierre

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ST. LOUIS – Stop it if you’ve heard this before: Tyron Woodley and Dana White disagree on matchmaking.

After a recent shoulder surgery, UFC welterweight champion Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) thinks there’s no clear contenders to his title. UFC President White sees Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC)as the next step.

The two have never been shy about public disagreement, so let the back-and-forth begin.

During FS1’s post-fight show for UFC Fight Night 124, White said dos Anjos, a former UFC lightweight champ, will fight for the belt when Woodley heals from a recent shoulder surgery.

“As soon as he’s healthy, obviously, RDA is the fight to make, especially the way he looked in the Robbie Lawler fight,” said White. “We’re just waiting for Tyron to get healthy.”

Woodley, however, still wants to fight Georges St-Pierre(26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC). Although the former welterweight kingpin recently vacated the middleweight title he captured from Michael Bisping after coming out of retirement, Woodley said a showdown with “Rush” is his No. 1 priority.

RelatedUFC champ Tyron Woodley to Rafael dos Anjos: 'Crap talking ain't your thing'

To all those waiting for titles, like dos Anjos, Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) or Kamaru Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC), the welterweight champ asks them to wait a little longer.

“I don’t really see a fight that makes sense for me right now,” Woodley told MMAjunkie backstage at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, which hosted the FS1-televised event on Sunday. “There’s not any clear No. 1 guys. Some guys say RDA. We’ve got a guy who’s bumping his gums; I won’t even give (Covington’s) name any attention. I think the deck needs to be shuffled a little bit more, and maybe a fight that’s more substantial for my career and my legacy will present itself.

“I’m not going to say (dos Anjos and Covington) need to fight. Fall back, take a seat. I’m not going anywhere. I’m here for a while. I’m not on the cusp of giving this up. One by one, everybody will get their chance to see what it’s all about. But I really want to fight Georges St-Pierre.”

Woodley said a fight with St-Pierre is one that will secure his legacy as the best welterweight the UFC has ever known. It will also secure a huge payday with the former champ, who’s a huge box office draw. Both are a priority.

“If he’s still fighting, he needs to come and see me,” Woodley said.

But if St-Pierre doesn’t re-emerge, Woodley said he’ll take that title nonetheless and fight the contenders ahead. All he needs to do is agree with White who should be standing across from him.

From the looks of it, that might take some work.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Jiu-Jitsu: Ajuste o triângulo e o estrangulamento com as finalizações do UFC St-Louis

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Abrindo a temporada 2018, o UFC realizou seu primeiro evento do ano em St-Louis, no Missouri, com um card marcado pelas baixas. Vitor Belfort e Thiago Pitbull, que fariam participação nessa edição, ficaram de fora por problemas de seus adversários antes da pesagem.

Contudo, a luta principal entre Jeremy Stephens e Doo Ho Choi ficou de pé e mostrou que a experiência do veterano Stephens estava em dia para superar a pujança e a versatilidade de Choi. Com um belo cruzado e pressão no ground and pound, o americano azarão nas bolsas ficou com a vitória. Entre as brasileiras do card, dois reveses: Kalindra Faria foi superada por Jessica Eye, e Talita Bernardo perdeu para Irene Aldana.

Mas o ponto alto para o fã de Jiu-Jitsu e MMA na edição desse domingo, dia 14, foram duas finalizações para você estudar e refinar o seu ajuste sem kimono. Confira abaixo:

Kyung Ho Kang x Guido Cannetti

Ainda no card preliminar, o sul-coreano Kyung Ho Kang mostrou suas habilidades de solo contra o argentino Guido Cannetti. Depois de prender o adversário no triângulo, e esse usar a postura com o cotovelo para evitar a maior pressão no arrocho, Kang teve que ter frieza para concluir o golpe.

Desesperado para escapar da pegada, Guido levantou e, em pé, colocou Kang contra a grande. O erro do argentino trouxe melhor opção para o ajuste do sul-coreano, que ao voltar ao solo conseguiu impor mais pressão e finalizar o golpe.

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Darren Elkins x Michael Johnson

Já na abertura do card principal, foi a vez de Darren Elkins mostrar que chegou com força na divisão de peso leve. Mesmo considerado azarão na disputa, contra o perigoso Michael Johnson, Elkins colocou seu Jiu-Jitsu em prática para liquidar a fatura.

Depois de ganhar as costas e estabilizar Johnson com os ganchos, Elkins atacou o pescoço. Sem sucesso inicial, o atleta fintou a passagem do braço mais de uma vez, até conseguir encaixar por baixo do queixo. A pegada mão com mão feita para apertar o estrangulamento rapidamente foi crucial para o sucesso do golpe.

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Veja abaixo os resultados completos do evento:

UFC Fight Night: Stephens x Choi
St-Louis, Missouri, EUA
14 de janeiro de 2018

Jeremy Stephens venceu Doo Ho Choi por nocaute técnico aos 2min36s do R2
Jessica-Rose Clark venceu Paige VanZant na decisão unânime dos jurados
Kamaru Usman venceu Emil Meek na decisão unânime dos jurados
Darren Elkins finalizou Michael Johnson no estrangulamento pelas costas aos 2min22s do R2

Card preliminar

James Krause venceu Alex White na decisão unânime dos jurados
Marco Polo Reyes nocauteou Matt Frevola a 1min do R1
Irene Aldana venceu Talita Bernardo na decisão unânime dos jurados
Kyung Ho Kang finalizou Guido Cannetti no triângulo aos 4min53s do R1
Jessica Eye venceu Kalindra Faria na decisão dividida dos jurados
JJ Aldrich venceu Danielle Taylor na decisão unânime dos jurados
Mads Burnell venceu Michel Santiago na decisão unânime dos jurados

UFC plans Tony Ferguson-Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight; Conor McGregor would be stripped

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The UFC lightweight division is just about ready to move on without Conor McGregor.

UFC President Dana White said tonight on FS1’s UFC Fight Night 124 post show that the lightweight champion is shooting for a September return, adding that the promotion is currently “working on” a fight between interim titleholder Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Two people with knowledge of the situation tell MMAjunkie that Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov could happen at either UFC 222 on March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas or the planned UFC 223 event slated for April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Assuming McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) doesn’t return until the fall, White said he would be stripped of the title, meaning Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) would fight for the undisputed championship.

RelatedJoe Rogan predicts Conor McGregor will be stripped of UFC lightweight title

“If (McGregor) comes back in September, that’s almost two years (since his last MMA fight). That can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else,” White said. “Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything that he’s done for this company. Everybody knows that. I say it all the time. (But) the belt would have to move on. You do Khabib vs. Tony; we’re working on that fight now. If and when Conor comes back, he would get the first crack at the title.”

White echoed a similar sentiment earlier in the night while speaking backstage at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

“I want Conor to start training again and come back and defend his title. … We haven’t committed to a time yet, but as long as Conor wants to fight still, Conor and I always get it done,” White said. “You know how Conor is. Conor wants to do things on his time and when he wants to do it. That’s fine. I always say I respect the kid so much for what he accomplished and what he’s brought, but if he’s not ready to go – the belt, I think he wants to come back in September. That’ll be almost two years, and that’s just not fair to the rest of the guys in the division. Let these guys fights, and when Conor decides to come back, and if he decides to come back, then he would get the first crack at the title.”

If Ferguson-Nurmagomedov is booked for UFC 222, that would add a second title fight to the card. Champ Max Holloway is set to defend his featherweight title vs. Frankie Edgar in the current headliner.

Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been booked against each other three times before without a fight materializing. After each pulled out of one scheduled bout due to injury, Ferguson, No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, and No. 3 Nurmagomedov were most recently signed to fight each other at UFC 209 last March. The fight for the then-vacant interim title fell apart on weigh-in day, though, when Nurmagomedov was hospitalized after a failed weight cut.

RelatedWhat UFC's Russia event means for Khabib Nurmagomedov, lightweight title picture

With “The Eagle” out of action for nearly all of 2017, the UFC proceeded to put together an interim 155-pound title bout between Ferguson and Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October. Ferguson claimed the gold with a third-round submission of Lee, and since was expected to meet No. 1-ranked McGregor in a unification bout.

In the meantime, Nurmagomedov made a successful return to the octagon Dec. 30 at UFC 219. He brutalized Edson Barboza for a lopsided unanimous decision, giving him a 25th consecutive victory on his unblemished record.

In the weeks since the fight, Nurmagomedov has engaged in some social media warfare with “The Notorious.” The Russian has said he believes he could beat McGregor and Ferguson in the same night but would rather fight Ferguson, because he believes him to be the best lightweight other than himself.

Ferguson has been pestering McGregor to “defend or vacate” for much of the past year. The Irishman hasn’t competed in MMA since claiming the belt with a second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016.

For more on UFC 222, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 124 draws announced attendance of 10,052 for $812,995 live gate in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS – Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event drew an announced attendance of 10,052 and a live gate of $812,995.

UFC officials announced the tallies after the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

In the main event, Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) took out Dooho Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) with a second-round TKO in their featherweight fight. The bout picked up “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC Fight Night 124 took place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, and it aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC Fight Night 124 marked the UFC’s debut in St. Louis and was just the second UFC event in Missouri. The first, “UFC on FOX 24: Johnson vs. Reis,” took place in April 2017 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. The event drew an announced attendance of 12,171 and a live gate of $1,081,193.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 124 results: Jeremy Stephens devastates Dooho Choi with second-round TKO

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Jeremy Stephens’ power cracked the granite facade of Dooho Choi, knocking him to the mat with his powerful right hand.

Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) earned a TKO over Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the 2:36 mark of the second round to pick up his second straight win and advance his argument for title contention.

The featherweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 card at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 124 play-by-play and live results

An amped Stephens called out anyone in front of him in the featherweight division, where he’s currently unranked, and specifically mentioned surging up-and-comer Brian Ortega, who this past year upset veteran standout and previous Choi victor Cub Swanson.

“I know he’s here,” Stephens said afterward. “I know a few people coming off a good win. I want to fight everyone in front of me.”

Choi started the engagement by attacking the legs and body of Stephens, who missed early with his vaunted right hand. Repeated leg attacks motivated Stephens to seek revenge, but Choi’s defense remained sound until the midway point of the second, when right hands began to find their mark. None of the shots staggered Choi, however, and he repaid the efforts with more leg kicks and left hand attacks.

A front kick staggered Stephens in the opening seconds of the second frame, prompting him to go on a rampage for revenge. The two swung heavy leather with both landing serious shots. Choi continued to attack Stephens’ lead leg, reddening it. A huge overhand right cracked Choi, and yet, he stayed upright.

That is, until another right slammed into Choi’s head and knocked him to the mat. Stephens pounded away with more huge punches until referee Keith Peterson had seen enough.

Choi suffers his second consecutive loss since a brutal decision loss to Swanson in his previous bout.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 124 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

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UFC Fight Night 124 results: Jessica-Rose Clark stifles injured Paige VanZant for big win

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Jessica-Rose Clark spent two rounds beating Paige VanZant on the mat and one mostly enduring against her on the feet, and in the end the math worked out in her favor.

Clark (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) took the victory on the scorecards in a grappling-heavy effort against a game, though apparently injured VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), notching a unanimous decision win with scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28.

The women’s flyweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 card at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 124 play-by-play and live results

Clark’s advantage in the grappling department became apparent early on in the fight, as she avoided a VanZant throw and spent much of the opening round in top position, struggling to get in position for an arm-triangle choke as she kept VanZant pinned to the mat.

VanZant would briefly manage to turn the tables in the second, getting top position thanks to Clark’s impatience to get the fight to the mat, but things didn’t work out much better for her there. As VanZant worked from inside Clark’s guard, Clark locked up a triangle choke from the bottom, coming close to finishing it before running out of time in the round.

In the third, VanZant finally managed to keep the fight standing, but by then she had an apparent injury to her right arm to deal with. That resulted in her throwing almost no strikes with her right hand in the final frame, but still managing to do solid work with her kicks.

In the end, all three judges gave the fight to Clark, with one of them giving her every round.

“I feel good,” Clark said. “I had a lot more that I wanted to show out there tonight, but that happens and I felt that I dominated the fight. I knew coming in that I was the better fighter and I worked hard to show that. I feel I’m one of the best women in the world and I can’t wait to see who the UFC is going to give me next.

“I’ve fought six times in the last 18 months, but I’m just getting started. I had a stressful week and I did let the stress get to me a bit. So for now, I just want to get home and I will figure out the rest later.”

The victory gives Clark a two-fight winning streak in the UFC, and a three-fight streak overall. VanZant has lost two straight, and three of her last four.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 124 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

UFC Fight Night 124 results: Kamaru Usman outwrestles Emil Meek to stay perfect in UFC

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Kamaru Usman turned in a vintage performance against upstart Emil Meek, using his grappling and ground and pound to earn a decision.

It wasn’t the highlight-reel affair Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC)wanted to convince UFC executives he’s ready for a title shot. But after 15 minutes, he outpointed Meek (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and picked up his seventh straight UFC win.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 124 play-by-play and live results

The final scorecards were 30-27 for Usman, who after his win called out fellow welterweight contender Colby Covington.

Meek, a sizable underdog in betting lines, made things interesting early by storming in with punches and slapping on a guillotine choke when Usman changed levels. Stuck in the submission attempt, Usman endured a few tense moments before scooting his foe to the cage. There, he set the rhythm he would follow for the majority of the fight.

Every time Meek got too zealous in chasing down Usman with punches, he found himself fighting off a takedown attempt. Elbows helped delay the trip, but didn’t change the itinerary. On his back, he tried to damage Usman with a flurry from the bottom in the second. Usman replied with his own attack of elbows that shut it down.

Usman spent the majority of the final frame in the driver’s seat, firing down elbows and punches as his opponent floundered in a vain attempt to get back to his feet.

“I said from the start that (Meek_ wouldn’t be able to hang with me,” Usman said. “No one can. That’s why all of the guys in this division run from me. It is time for me to fight someone ranked above me. I want Colby Covington. He likes to talk a lot and I’ll be the one to shut him up. Dana White, that’s the fight. Let’s go.”

After a decision win over Jordan Mein in his octagon debut, Meek suffers his first UFC loss. Usman, meanwhile, puts to bed a brief rivalry that simmered over a canceled UFC 219 booking and moves on to the next challenge, which may put him on the cusp of title contention.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 124 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

Video: Matt Hughes honored by UFC in first appearance since accident

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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes on Sunday appeared at a UFC event for the first time since a car-train accident this past summer.

Midway through UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis, not far from Hughes’ home town of Hillsboro, Ill., the UFC put on a video honoring Hughes and his recovery from a June 2017 accident in which his truck was hit by a train. The former welterweight champion has apparently managed to come far in his recovery from the accident.

RelatedFrank Trigg marvels at ex-UFC rival Matt Hughes' remarkable recovery from horrific accident

Following the video, the 44-year-old Hughes entered the arena to the sound the walkout song he used for years, “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr. The crowd went wild, and Hughes walked to the octagon to join UFC President Dana White cageside for the main card.

Watch it in the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 124 results: Darren Elkins chokes out Michael Johnson, calls for No. 1 contender fight

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It was exactly the kind of fight Darren Elkins has become known for – and which Michael Johnson should have known enough to guard against.

After taking a beating in the opening round, Elkins (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) got Johnson (17-13 MMA, 9-9 UFC) to the mat and locked up a rear-naked choke to force the finish at the 2:22 mark of Round 2.

The featherweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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As usual, things didn’t get off to a great start for Elkins. Johnson blasted him with several hard left hands early, leaving him wobbling around the cage in the opening minutes, with the blood flowing soon after.

But weathering a beating is nothing new for Elkins, and by the end of the first the output from Johnson had already decreased. Early in the second, Elkins caught a Johnson kick and used it to take him down, moving quickly to side control.

Johnson tried to escape by scrambling to his knees, but that only gave Elkins the opening he needed to take Johnson’s back. When Johnson was slow to fight the hands as Elkins wrapped his forearm around Johnson’s neck, it allowed Elkins to latch on the rear-naked choke and squeeze for the finish, leaving Johnson no choice but to submit.

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“This was one of the biggest wins of my career and I think I am due for some respect,” Elkins said. “Michael Johnson came to fight tonight and we had a fun one, but I had been practicing that submission throughout my camp. When the opportunity came, I took it – and that’s how I fight.

“I know that I’m not going to be the next one to challenge for the title, but I feel like I’m close. I want the fight that gets me to the title shot next. I don’t care who. I know I’m ready. No one has a better win streak in this division than the champion himself, so I hope to see him soon.”

The victory brings Elkins’ current streak to six straight wins in the UFC. Johnson has now lost three in a row, and five of his last six.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

UFC Fight Night 124 results: James Krause gets past gritty Alex White

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James Krause was swollen and bloodied after three rounds with Alex White. But thanks to his grappling, he came away with a win.

Krause (25-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) avoided the worst of White’s (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) heavy hands by repeatedly taking their fight to the mat, earning a unanimous decision.

The lightweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

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The final scorecards were unanimously 29-28 in favor of Krause, who picked up his fourth straight win. The audience didn’t award the Missouri resident a hearty welcome when the decision was read. White, after all, had landed the most damaging blows.

Krause, who returned to the lightweight division after a try at welterweight, said White’s best path to victory was a slugfest. White had the same idea and chased Krause backward with flurries of punches. Relying on his head movement, Krause managed to dodge many of the shots that came his way. Many others slammed into his jaw.

From there, the path was clear. Krause pressured to the cage and tripped White to the mat. He had predicted he would have an advantage there, and it turned out he did. Although White was able to avoid submissions, he took punishment from the bottom. He also made Krause’s life miserable with shots from the bottom.

The fight followed a similar pattern in the second and third rounds, with White backing up Krause with a charge of punches and Krause trying to nab takedowns. At the close of the second, Krause nearly cinched a guillotine choke before running out of time.

The final frame saw White land his best blows of the night, forcing Krause to shoot in desperation. White managed to stay upright, though he was forced to fend off a slick leaping armbar attempt. After a scramble, Krause reasserted himself in top position, but ran out of time before he could try another finish.

“Honestly, I didn’t feel my best tonight,” Krause said. “I felt flat, heavy and (White) packs a hell of a punch. But winners find a way to win, and that’s what I did. The exchanges on the feet were wild, and that’s what we expected, so I knew I would need to wrestle him and grind for the win.

“I would like to break into the top 15, and I think I deserve a ranked opponent. I am going to the gym to sharpen up my tools more and I’m confident that I will rise to the occasion when the time comes to do so.”

White goes back to the drawing board after a second-round finish of Mitch Clarke this past September.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 124 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

UFC Fight Night 124 results: Marco Polo Reyes steamrolls Matt Frevola for first-round KO

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It was Marco Polo Reyes’ left hand that sent Matt Frevola’s mouthpiece flying.

But it was the right hand of Reyes (8-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) that put Frevola (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) away, resulting in a knockout finish to a wild brawl that lasted all of one minute.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

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It took no time at all for these two to square up and let the leather fly in the center of the cage, and when they did it was Reyes who got the better of the exchanges right away. Landing with pinpoint accuracy, Reyes stung Frevola early, knocking out his mouthpiece with a left hook and then dropping him to the mat seconds later.

Frevola would recover quickly as Reyes looked for a choke, but soon they were back to trading punches in the pocket again, and Reyes appeared to have Frevola’s number.

With a sharp right hand to the jaw, Reyes put Frevola down and out, crumpling him against the cage and bringing a sudden stop to the bout at the 1:00 mark of Round 1.

“I knew I had the power to knock him out, but I had to be careful because (Frevola) is a very powerful guy,” Reyes said. “So I tried to keep my distance, but still get in and out. That worked out even better than expected and I was able to get the finish. I had a setback in my last fight, but now I am back in the win column and it feels amazing.”

The victory gets Reyes back into the win column for the first time since a TKO loss to James Vick last May. Frevola’s loss is the first of his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 124 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

UFC Fight Night 124 results: Irene Aldana outworks Talita Bernardo for decision sweep

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Talita Bernardo’s best chance to beat Irene Aldana was on the mat. By the time she got the fight there, she’d already taken a brain-rattling shot.

Aldana (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) rocked Bernardo (5-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC)early with a right hand and avoided submission danger on the mat to pitch a shutout on judges’ scorecards.

The women’s bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

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The final scorecards were 30-27 for Aldana, who picked up her first UFC win after a pair of setbacks in the octagon. Bernardo remains winless in the promotion after a third-round TKO loss to Marion Reneau in her debut.

From the outset, it was apparent Aldana was on a different level as far as her striking. Bernardo hardly presented a threat in striking exchanges and took several big shots that bloodied her face early. Then a right hand slammed into her jaw, sending her reeling backward as Aldana tried to finish. The bell ran out before that could happen, but the precedent was clear.

Sporting a badly swollen face, Bernardo forced a fight on the mat in the second round. She struggled mightily to put Aldana on the mat. She also struggled to do much from top position as Aldana fought to stand.

Aldana resumed her initial attack in the final round, stopping takedowns and peppering Bernardo in striking exchanges. Bernardo came to life midway through the round and managed to crack Aldana once with a right hand. It was only a momentary victory, however, after Aldana’s right hand landed. Bernardo again put the fight on the mat, only to be reversed near the final bell.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 124 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

UFC Fight Night 124 results: Kyung Ho Kang chokes out Guido Cannetti in first round

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Guido Cannetti came charging out of the gate against Kyung Ho Kang, but in the end he charged right into trouble.

After being wobbled by punches early, Kang (14-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) locked up a triangle choke late in the first, forcing Cannetti (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) to tap out at the 4:53 mark of Round 1.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 124 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

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Cannetti had the upper hand early, hurting Kang with the left hand and throwing him to the mat in the opening minutes, battering Kang’s right eye in the process.

But Kang would collect himself and turn the tables, getting a takedown of his own minutes later, and moving straight into full mount with a minute left in the opening round.

Initially it looked as if Cannetti might survive the round, but after a slick transition off a Cannetti escape attempt, Kang locked up a triangle choke in the waning seconds.

Cannetti responded by lifting Kang off the mat and then putting him against the fence, but this only gave Kang a chance to tighten the choke as his weight slowly pulled them back to the ground. With time ticking away, Cannetti tried to punch his way out of the choke, but those punches soon turned into taps with just seven seconds left in the opening round.

“It feels great to be back in the octagon and I am very happy with this performance,” Kang said. “I want to fight again soon and I will continue to finish those who are in front of me.”

Kang’s win is his third in a row, but his first in more than three years, owing to military service in his native South Korea. Cannetti has now lost two of his last three.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 124 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in St. Louis.)

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