At UFC Fight Night 124, Jeremy Stephens takes on Doo Ho Choi. Who will win?
FRANK HYDEN, MMATorch Columnist
I expect your typical Stephens fight (which is good), a dirty brawl with lots of heart and toughness on display. I think Stephens takes over as we approach the later rounds and ends up stopping Choi in the fourth round. It’ll be tough, but I think he’ll prove to be too much for Choi.
JOHN HARRIS, MMATorch Contributor
Jeremy Stephens by first round KO. Choi has not faced someone with as much experience and raw punching power as Stephens.
DAVE KOULA, MMATorch Contributor
I’m going with Jeremy Stephens, but it wouldn’t surprise me either way. I think the “Korean Superboy” is very confident in his ability to stand and trade and even more confident in his chin. However, when it comes down to it, he hasn’t fought anyone with as heavy hands as Stephens, and Stephens has been hit by guys that hit a whole lot harder than Choi. So, on paper, this should be pretty open and shut for the “Lil Heathen,” but it’s a fight, and anything can happen, particularly with two guys slugging heavy leather.
RAFFAEL IGLESIAS, MMATorch Contributor
This is a tough fight for the “Korean Superboy” to come back for, after a year out of action. Choi is a heavy hitter, that looks wild, but what he is really trying to do is manipulate and compromise the range of his opponent. Stephens also has power, but additionally has experience on his side. I believe if Stephens maintains his composure, he should come away with a decision victory.
DYLAN BOWKER, MMATorch Contributor
Choi’s often reckless style has me a bit worried here. Stephens is a tenured fighter and his striking has bested quite a few elite martial artists during a lengthy UFC run. Choi, while super exciting, can put himself in compromising positions to get cracked, as evidenced by his Swanson fight. That being said, Choi could very well secure an early finish in this one as he does have quite a skill set to underpin that ferocity. I’m not entirely sure Jeremy gets a finish but I can see Stephens fighting a veteran fight and securing a unanimous decision.
MICHAEL HISCOE, MMATorch Contributor
Choi has been on the shelf for over a year after going to war with Cub Swanson. Seeing Choi go toe to toe with Swanson the way he did tells me that he belongs with the elite in the division. With that in mind, look for Choi to score a late round knockout of an over confident Stephens.
SEAN COVINGTON, MMATorch Contributor
Stephens will win and somehow think he deserves a shot at a title and demand one after his fight. This is what most fighters do these days. Doo Ho Choi will probably fight a bland fight, getting off to a slow start, then losing in a unanimous decision.
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