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UFC St. Louis medical suspensions sit Paige VanZant indefinitely

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the airwaves last Sunday night (Jan. 14, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 124 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which featured a featherweight main event between Jeremy Stephens and DooHo Choi as they battled for a spot in the 145-pound title chase.

“Lil’ Heathen” won by technical knockout, which earned “The Korean Superboy” a 30-day suspension from the Missouri Office of Athletics (via MMA Fighting). Joining him in the 30-day club was Emil Meek, who suffered multiple cuts in his decision loss to streaking welterweight Kamaru Usman.

That’s not all.

Matt Frevola will need 60 days rest before he can return from his knockout loss to lightweight phenom Marco Polo Reyes, while flyweight sensation Paige VanZant was suspended indefinitely after breaking her arm against Jessica-Rose Clark.

Everyone else was cleared to return to action at their earliest convenience.

Just a quick reminder: Fighters often return to action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases. In addition, not all injuries are recorded during the post-fight examination and often times surface in follow-up tests.

For a complete wrap up of all the UFC St. Louis weekend festivities click here.

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UFC St. Louis bonuses: Jeremy Stephens’ knockout win over Doo Ho Choi leads $50K winners

UFC Fight Night 124 — which went down from inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri — is in the books, and now it’s time to see who went above and beyond the call of duty to take home with some extra post-fight bonus cash.

Leading the charge was Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi, who each took home an extra $ 50,000 after their “Fight of the Night” performances which saw “Lil’ Heathen” knockout “The Korean Superboy” in round number two.

Furthermore, Marco Polo Reyes’ devastating first-round knockout win over Matt Frevola was good enough to earn the Mexican-born fighter some extra spending money (see it again here).

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fight Night 124 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Jeremy Stephens vs Doo Ho Choi

Performance of the Night: Darren Elkins

Performance of the Night: Marco Polo Reyes

For complete UFC Fight Night 124 results and coverage click here.

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Jessica Eye discusses flyweight cut for UFC St. Louis – ‘I feel like I’m in the right skin’

It has been a long road for mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Jessica Eye, but the former women’s bantamweight contender is finally set to make her UFC flyweight debut tomorrow night (Sun., Jan. 14, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 124 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MIssouri, as she takes on Brazilian finisher Kalindra Faria.

Unlike her first scheduled UFC bout at 125 pounds, which saw Paige VanZant pull out due to injury, Eye, as well as Faria, have successfully made weight and are healthy enough to compete this weekend. It will be Eye’s first fight in well over a year, as she aims to capture her first UFC win since 2014.

“Since the moment I got into the UFC, it’s been kind of a (expletive) road for me,” Eye said during Friday’s media day for UFC Fight Night 124 (h/t MMAjunkie). “From my first fight until some of the other fights that have happened. I’m glad that I took the time off that I did and I’m glad that things kind of happened the way they did.

“Because I don’t think I would appreciate this moment as much as I have. Or realized that, maybe those other moments were making me to this point.”

Most fight fans don’t know this but Eye was competing at flyweight before making her UFC debut back in 2013. The promotion did not have a 125-pound female divisions which forced “Evil” to move up and challenge the likes of proven bantamweight title threats Miesha Tate, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann, and Bethe Correia.

“I had no choice,” Eye said about her move to 135 pounds in order to compete in UFC. “Where else was I supposed to go? At that point, I was 27 years old. What was I supposed to do? Fight locally again and see what I could do?”

Luckily, the promotion has come around and has now opened up a flyweight platform for the best female fighters around. Eye wasted little escaping the bigger bodies at bantamweight and is ready to contend for a UFC title as soon as possible.

“If I focus on me and what my skill set it, there is no 125er in the world that can outclass me, at all,” Eye said. “And I believe that.”

Unfortunately for her competition, including Faria this weekend at UFC Fight Night 124, Eye is feeling better than ever after dropping some unnecessary weight and getting back to her comfort zone.

“Have you ever run a mile before and you ran it normally, your normal weight – then put a 10-pound vest on and then run that mile?” Eye asked. “Then tell me how much slower you are. Tell me how much it changes the ability. Or how you have to be able to run that mile. You have to change the game plan and everything. It’s a little bit harder.

“I think that, now, I am allowed to be at my normal weight class. I’m able to change some things in my training. I just – I feel more like me. I feel like I’m in the right skin, if that makes sense.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 124 fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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Uriah Hall vs. Vitor Belfort removed from UFC St. Louis after ‘Prime Time’ failed to weigh in

With just more than 24 hours to go, UFC Fight Night 124 has lost its co-main event, as middleweight Uriah Hall failed to step on the scales earlier today (Sat., Jan. 13, 2018) for official weigh ins (full results here).

UFC broadcaster Brendan Fitzgerald announced that Hall could not step on the scale at the end of the weigh-in window, but offered no reason for the disappearance. As a result of Hall’s inability to make weight, his anticipated showdown with former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has been scrapped from the card.

According to a recent report by MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Hall was apparently one pound away from the 186-pound threshold before medical issues forced him to stop cutting weight.

This is an unfortunate turn of events not only for Hall, who was on the cusp of his most high-profile Octagon appearance to date, but also Belfort, who was planning on walking away from mixed martial arts (MMA) after this weekend in St. Louis.

Hall revealed earlier this week in an interview with MMAjunkie that his “body shut down” last month, so maybe that had something to do with his weight-cut struggles. For what it’s worth, “Prime Time” has never failed to successfully make weight in his UFC career.

As a result of the co-main event fallout, Michael Johnson’s featherweight debut opposite Darren Elkins will now be moved to the main card.

Stick with Mania for further updates on Hall’s condition.

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Midnight Mania! Zak Cummings out of UFC: St. Louis, says he cracked his skull on handrail

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Zak Cummings will no longer be competing this weekend on the UFC’s St. Louis card. He was scheduled to face Thiago Alves on the FOX Sports 1 prelims, but has been removed from the card due to injury.

According to a reply Cummings posted on Twitter, he hit his head on a handrail and “cracked my fucking skull.” Hopefully he’s not being literal, but it must have been a serious knock to take him out of the fight, and he says he’s “absolutely fucking devastated.” Cummings has won his last two fights and was looking to make it three in a row against the veteran Thiago Alves.

This is a rough break for any fighter; hopefully he heals up well and gets to spend some time with his 3-month old daughter.


I wouldn’t like these birthday presents but Angela Hill is taking them in stride.

Cage fighting fans are well known for their respect of women.

When fighting in the back of a semi truck goes wrong.

This doesn’t look fun.

Neither does this.

Pro wrestling needs to get back to it’s roots.

Holloway looks like a skinny Hawaiian god of violence. Which, incidentally, he is.

A bit creepy from Amanda Nunes

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Meek-Usman Moved to UFC Fight Night 124 on Jan. 14 in St. Louis; Choi-Stephens Official as Headliner

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming trip to the Gateway City, UFC Fight Night 124, has an official main event and a new welterweight clash, to boot.
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Kyung Ho Kang, Guido Cannetti to Meet at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis

A bantamweight clash pitting Kyung Ho Kang against Guido Cannetti has been added to the UFC Fight Night 124 lineup.
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Midnight Mania! Doo Ho Choi vs. Jeremy Stephens announced for UFC: St. Louis

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This one is going to be insane.

The featherweight division got an important fight announcement today, as 8th-ranked Jeremy Stephens will face off with 12th-ranked Doo Ho Choi at UFC: St. Louis on January 14th. Also known as Fight Night 124, the event will broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.

The Korean Superboy, Doo Ho Choi, won his first three UFC fights via first-round knockout; he then had a barnburner of a scrap, a contender (and my personal pick) for 2016’s Fight of the Year with Cub Swanson. The incongruity between his baby-faced smile and ferocious punching power makes Choi a fan favorite. While injury has kept him out of the Octagon in 2017 (he was originally booked to face Andre Fili in July), victory over Stephens would vault him instantly into the top ten, one or two wins away from title contention.

Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens, meanwhile, has been fighting the best of two divisions for years, with mixed results. He rebounded from a two-fight skid with a Fight of the Night win over Gilbert Melendez, damaging Melendez’ leg with powerful low kicks. He is known for his heavy hands and aggressive, fighting style; a win over Choi would keep him relevant at the top of the featherweight division.

The stylistic matchup offers nothing but fireworks. Choi is exceptionally accurate and likes to stand close to his opponent in order to land his straight right, but the fight with Cub Swanson showed he is vulnerable to opponents able to stand in the pocket and wing hooks at him. Winging hooks is Jeremy Stephens’ longtime specialty. Both men have excellent chins; Stephens hasn’t been knocked out since Yves Edwards slept him in 2012, while the 26-year-old Choi has never been KOed.

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Insomnia is exactly what Forrest Griffin has right now.

Ah yes, Friday’s UFC title fight.

Justin Gaethje on his team member Sijara Eubanks missing weight: he says he’s not surprised by this at all, and he should have exposed her at the beginning of the season to teach her this lesson sooner.

Somehow this infographic makes Justin Gaethje look like a skinny nerd next to a jacked Eddie Alvarez- and his reach and leg reach are 0, which makes his fighting style even more impressive.

I’m very excited to watch Rigondeaux-Lomachenko.

Rampage recalls happier days

McGregor’s father recently dismissed the danger to him, as did McGregor himself, for punching the father of someone in a drug cartel.

Thanks Graham Kenny drag me out of bed but fuck it we look fresh @augustxmcgregor

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Someone shouted “It’s only a 1.5”, presumably in relation to the piston size on McGregor’s sports car.

Cub Swanson and TJ Dillashaw must have insane sparring sessions.

Andre Fili DID get paid after smashing that scale.

Nate Diaz is the best.

Shutup bitch. Your both thirsty …. And why is u lying

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Derrick Lewis’ half-joking crush on Ronda Rousey is well-documented, so saying Ronda should have had him play at her wedding is great. I just ruined the joke by explaining it, didn’t I?

I’ll play at weddings,birthday party’s etc. Ronda shoulda let me play at her wedding

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Aljamain Sterling getting right.

When you dance with a martial artist


【How it feels to be in love】

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Angela Hill with her teammate Paulina

People all over NYC are learning some useless and dangerous “self-defense”

Demetrious Johnson’s legacy is even more impressive considering he worked full time as an up-and-coming UFC fighter.

This makes no sense.

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J.J. Aldrich-Danielle Taylor Becomes Fourth Women’s Bout Added to UFC’s Jan. 14 Debut in St. Louis

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut in the Gateway City has gained another women’s contest.
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J.J. Aldrich-Danielle Taylor Becomes Fourth Women’s Bout Added to UFC’s Jan. 14 Debut in St. Louis

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut in the Gateway City has gained another women’s contest.
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