UFC started its 2018 with a FS1 show headed by Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi Both are incredibly tough fighters, but in the end, it was Lil Heathen who took the win, stopping Choi with punches on the canvas midway through the second round. Great victory for Jeremy Stephens, who advances his record to 27-14 and now has a streak of 2 wins. Choi drops to 14-3 and has now lost back to back.
What was the highlight of the fight?
The whole second round was very good, since both started to shoot down. Choi hit a big front kick style Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort on the chin, plus a nudge that was beautiful, but Stephens then closed things with his own showy game. Great exchanges in general.
Where are these two going from here?
A little over a year ago, Stephens was on a 2-5 run. Now, he's 2-0, both by highly respected opponents. He is in his eleventh (!) Year in the octagon, and will not go anywhere soon. The # 9 ranked Stephens called Brian Ortega after the fight – that's possible, but I personally prefer to see him try Josh Emmett.
The Korean Superboy is one of the favorites, so the second loss is not a terrible thing for him, but he will have to return to the W column next time. I hope to see him get something like a softball next time, since the UFC has no desire to see him wash.
Look at it now, after or never?
Now. Round 1 has some feelings, but round 2 heats up quickly and has an exciting ending. Good things!