Paige VanZant Fractures Arm In Loss To Jessica-Rose Clark At UFC Event In Downtown St. Louis
Jeremy Stephens delighted the St. Louis UFC crowd Sunday night by filling newly-renovated Scottrade Center with the sounds of Nelly before punching his way through Doo Ho Choi.
Jessica-Rose Clark won by decision over Paige VanZant, who suffered a fractured arm in the loss.
Kamaru Usman, Dareen Elkins, Marco Polo Reyes, Irene Aldana, Kyung Ho Kang, Jessica Eye and JJ Aldrich were the other winners at UFC Fight Night 124 in downtown St. Louis.
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The UFC visited St. Louis for the first time over the weekend with UFC Fight Night 124 taking place at Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis on Sunday night. Before the fights even began, the UFC was forced to make changes to the card.
Uriah Hall was scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort, but was taken to the hospital after complications from cutting weight for the fight. UFC boss Dana White had harsh words for Hall after the event, saying the fighter “doesn’t take it serious.”
Zak Cummings was also forced to withdraw from the event after falling and hitting his head on a handrail.
St. Louis native Michael Johnson saw his fight moved up to the main card for the night. Despite easily winning the early portion of the match, Johnson was caught in a rear naked choke in the second round and submitted by Darren Elkins.
Jessica-Rose Clark Beats Paige VanZant
Jessica-Rose Clark won the second fight of her career when she was declared the winner by decision over Paige VanZant.
VanZant tweeted early Monday morning from a St. Louis hospital that she did, in fact, break her arm in the loss, which was her third in her last four fights.
VanZant also later retweeted a clip the official UFC account tweeted and confirmed that she broke her right arm in the second round when her right forearm connected with Rose-Clark’s face on an attempted spinning back fist.
— UFC (@ufc) January 15, 2018
In her post-fight comments after the win, Jessica Rose-Clark talked about the devastating events she experienced leading up to the fight. While in St. Louis preparing for her fight, criminals broke into the house she shares with a roommate in Las Vegas and stole $30,000 worth of electronics. They also killed her cat.
Jeremy Stephens Slugs His Way To 2nd-Round Knockout
The 31-year old Stephens won his second consecutive fight and moved to 27-14 as a professional fighter with a 2nd-round knockout of Doo Ho Choi. He called out fellow featherweight fighter Brian Ortega, who was in attendance, but the 26-year old fighter declined the invitation. Ortega is 13-0 as a professional and likely in line for a title fight in the division.
Stephens and Choi each earned $50,000 bonus checks for participating in the Fight of the Night.
Stephens endeared himself to the local crowd when he entered the ring to “E.I.” by St. Louis rapper Nelly. The fighter then slugged his way to his second FOTN bonus after earning it back in September at UFC 215 as well.
— UFC (@ufc) January 15, 2018
Renovations Led To UFC Coming To St. Louis
The UFC’s first visit to St. Louis was due in large part to the recent renovations at Scottrade Center. The recently-completed renovations included a new scoreboard weighing three tons and measuring twice as large as the scoreboard it replaced. “Phase 1” of the renovations cost roughly $34 million
Funding of the renovations were the subject of a lawsuit from a St. Louis City Alderman that was dropped in December.
10,052 fans were in attendance at Scottrade Center on Sunday night for UFC Fight Night 124. The “live gate” was announced as being $812,995.
— ESPN100.5/105.1 KTGR (@KTGRsports) January 14, 2018
Check out all of the results from UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis over at MMAJunkie.
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