The Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off 2018 with the featherweights as #9 ranked Jeremy Stephens faces #13 Doo Ho Choi. UFC Fight Night 124, aka UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, takes place January 14th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO with five prelims webcast at UFC Fight Pass, four prelims and the four-fight main card broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
#9 ranked Jeremy Stephens holds a record of 29-14, 13-13 in the UFC. Stephens went 1-1 in 2016 with a win over Renan Barao and loss to #2 ranked Frankie Edgar then did the same in 2017 with a loss to #12 Renato Moicano and win over former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. 14-2 Doo-Ho Choi is 3-1 in the UFC with a win over Thiago Tavares and loss to #5 Cub Swanson in 2016, no fights in 2017.
The co-main event is supposedly the retirement fight for former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort who faces Uriah Hall at middleweight. Belfort currently holds the #12 ranking while Uriah Hall is #11. Belfort enters this bout 26-13 with one “no contest” with losses in 2016 to Ronaldo Souza and Gegard Mousasi, the “no contest” to Kelvin Gastelum and a win over Nate Marquardt in 2017. Originally Belfort lost to Gastelum but the win over overturned due to Gastelum testing positive for marijuana. Why Belfort holds the #12 ranking when he lost three in a row then defeated a fighter who himself is riding a three-loss streak and isn’t ranked is a bit of a mystery. 13-8 Hall took three losses in a row against Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson, and Gegard Mousasi then after ten months off defeated #13 Krzystof Jotko. Belfort is a pioneer of the sport and both fighters earned their slots in the UFC but this fight goes to show the middleweight division is wide open to the up-and-comers.
Prelims at UFC Fight Pass
- Kyung Ho Kang vs. Guido Cannetti
- Mike Santiago vs. Mads Burnell
- Danielle Taylor vs. JJ Aldrich
- Talita Bernardo vs. Irene Aldana
- Kalindra Faria vs. Jessica Eye
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
- Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
- Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
- James Krause vs. Alex White
- Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
Main card on Fox Sports 1
- Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Weber Meek
- Paige VanZant vs. Jessica-Rose Clark
- Uriah Hall vs. Vitor Belfort
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo-Ho Choi