Jeremy Stephens has a well-earned reputation as a man who finishes fights in violent fashion, and the UFC’s latest free fight offering highlights “Lil’ Heathen” at his power-punching best.
Longtime UFC veteran Stephens (28-17 MMA, 15-16 UFC), has been in his fair share of barnburners and remains a serious threat to any man standing across from him on fight night. It was no different at UFC Fight Night 124 in January 2018 when he took on South Korea’s Dooho Choi, who was coming off a “Fight of the Year,” contender against Cub Swanson.
The two exchanged leg kicks early as they battled for control of the center of the octagon. Stephens charged forward with haymakers as Choi backed up to avoid the American’s power punches. Choi also enjoyed success on the counter, as he connected with some solid shots as Stephens continued to press forward.
In Round 2 both fighters came out wild, with both men loading up on their shots. Stephens started to find his range as he connected with some clean punches. Around the midway point of the round, he was able to back Choi to the fence, before unloading a big overhand right that dropped his man. A few brutal elbows followed on the ground, and eventually the referee stepped in to end the punishment.
Stephens has dropped his last three contests, but will be looking to put things right when he returns to action against hard-hitting featherweight contender Calvin Kattar at UFC 240 on Apr. 18.
Relive Stephens’ impressive finish of “The Korean Superboy” in the video above.