South Korean mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Choi Doo-ho has suffered his second straight defeat in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after he fell to the U.S. veteran Jeremy Stephens.
Choi lost to Stephens via technical knockout (TKO) in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis on Sunday (local time). This was Choi’s second defeat since he joined the world’s largest MMA promotion in 2014. He lost to Cub Swanson in a unanimous decision in December 2016.
Choi Doo-Ho: Record is Slipping
Choi, nicknamed “the Korean Superboy,” is now 3-2 (win-loss) in the UFC, while his overall MMA record slipped to 14-3.
The 26-year-old, who is No. 13 in UFC featherweight rankings, started the first round mixing punches and kicks to No. 9-ranked Stephens. In the second round, Choi made some aggressive attempts, but fell to the floor after taking a big right-handed punch from Stephens. The 31-year-old American then followed with ground strikes that forced the referee to stop the bout.
Earlier in the day, another South Korean fighter, Kang Kyung-ho, won his first UFC bout in 40 months after he choked out Argentine opponent Guido Cannetti.