Jeremy Stephens – Doo Ho Choi Fight Headlines UFC Fight Night 124 Card In St. Louis With Paige VanZant Also Fighting
Uriah Hall failed to weigh in today. His scheduled fight against Vitor Beflort has been cancelled.
With Hall v Belfort cancelled, the fight between Michael Johnson and Darren Elkins will move from the preliminary card to the main card. St. Louis native Johnson had been vocal about not being scheduled for the main card in his hometown.
Michael Johnson is a graduate of Marquette High School in Chesterfield. After high school, he attended Central Methodist University and Meramec Community College.
St. Louis will host its first UFC card on Sunday January 14, 2018 with a featherweight matchup between Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi headlining the UFC Fight Night 124 card. Paige VanZant will also step into the Octagon against Jessica-Rose Clark.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced the St. Louis card last month along with several other dates for early 2018. The St. Louis date is scheduled to be the promotion’s first event of the new year.
Scroll down for a preview of the UFC Fight Night 124 fight card.
Jeremy Stephens Vs Doo Ho Choi
Jeremy Stephens fights out of Alliance MMA in Des Moines, Iowa. The 31-year old known as “Lil’ Heathen” is 26-14 as a professional fighter. He last fought on September 9, 2017 at UFC 215. Stephens took the win with a third-round decision over Gilbert Melendez. Their fight was named Fight of the Night, the second such honor for Stephens.
Doo Ho Choi, known as “The Korean Superboy” fights out of Busan Team Mad in South Korea and is 14-2 as a professional fighter. The fight in St. Louis will be his first since being defeated by Cub Swanson on December 10, 2016 for his first loss since 2010. That fight, which snapped a 12-match winning streak for the South Korean was named ESPN’s Fight of the Year in 2016.
Doo Ho Choi’s streak included seven first-round wins by knockout.
Choi was scheduled to fight Andre Fili at UFC 214 in July, but was forced to bow out after suffering a “serious injury.” That back injury led to the fighter’s long break between fights.
40-Year Old Belfort To Fight Hall
40-year old Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort will take on 33-year old New Yorker Uriah Hall in St. Louis as well.
Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort fought his first professional fight way back in 1996 at SuperBrawl 2 in Hawaii. His fighting career has featured wins over Wanderlei Silva, Randy Couture and Dan Henderson. It has also featured losses to Henderson, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz, Couture and Chuck Liddell.
Uriah “Primetime” Hall has a career record of 13-8, which includes a second-round technical knockout of Krzysztof Jotko back in September in his last fight.
Dancing With The Stars Alum Paige VanZant Will Fight At UFC St. Louis
The UFC Fight Night 124 card is set to feature four bouts between female fighters, including Paige VanZant stepping into the Octagon versus Jessica-Rose Clark.
VanZant is likely the one name non-MMA fans will know on the card. The 23-year old fighter finished as the runner up on season 22 of Dancing With The Stars despite her and her partner, Mark Ballas, earning more points than any other pairing during the season.
“Jessy Jess” Clark is on a two-fight winning streak after beating Bec Rawlings back in November by split decision. VanZant defeated Rawlings in August 2016 by knockout 17 seconds into the second round.
Here’s the full card for UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis, Missouri on January 14, 2018 at Scottrade Center.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi
Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
Paige VanZant vs. Jessica-Rose Clark
James Krause vs. Alex White
Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
Irene Aldana vs. Talita Oliveira
Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
J.J. Aldrich vs. Danielle Taylor
UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis will take place on Sunday January 14, 2018 at Scottrade Center with tickets going on sale on Friday December 8, 2017. Ticket prices will range from $50-$150. Fights on January 14 will begin at 4:30 pm with the fights on the main card beginning at 8 pm.
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