UFC Fight Night 124 Jeremy Stephens vs Doo Ho Choi

Friday, January 12th, 2018

By Tom Wilkinson
BETCRIS UFC-Fight Night 124 Jeremy Stephens vs Doo Ho choi

Jeremy Stephens takes on Doo Ho Choi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 124 on Sunday in St. Louis. Stephens is 26-14 in his career, but he has lost five of his last eight bouts, while Choi is 14-2 and coming off a loss to Cub Swanson. There are four fights on the main card on FS1 and nine preliminary bouts, with four on FS1 and five on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the card with a focus on Stephens vs. Choi and Uriah Hall vs. Vitor Belfort.

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Doo Ho Choi -165 vs. Jeremy Stephens

Choi comes into this fight with a record of 14-2 but he has not fought since losing to Swanson in December of 2016. Choi has won 12 straight bouts before losing to Swanson. Choi has shown a lot of power in his career and he has 11 knockout wins. In fact, only two of his 14 wins have gone to a decision.

Choi said to Bloody Elbow that he has respect for what Stephens will bring in this fight. “I knew he’s a scrappy fighter, as well, and (has) powerful punches,” Choi said. “And he has a good game plan. So I knew if we were to ever compete together – and then when I was presented this match, we would put on a good fight.”

Stephens has 26 wins in his career but he has struggled of late in the UFC, losing five of his last eight bouts. He did break a two-fight losing streak by beating Gilbert Melendez at UFC 215 in September. Stephens also fought Cub Swanson and lost a unanimous decision in June of 2014. Stephens has yet to prove he can handle a top billing, as he lost to Joe Lauzon in 2009 and to Swanson in 2014.
Stephens said to the Daily Star that he has put in a lot of work for this fight. “And I am ready for it. In fact, even before it was installed as the top of the bill, I had been training for five rounds rather than the usual three. I always prepare as though I am meeting the best of the best and that’s what this fight is. I prepare as though I am meeting a world champion.”

Stephens said this fight against Choi should be explosive. “Stylistically, it looks to be a great contest. The guy’s a real banger and it intrigues me to go in there and fight someone who is knocking out guys like I do.”

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I agree with Stephens in that this bout should be a striking affair and that means the edge is with Choi. I will lay the price and take Choi and also play the rounds to go under the total.

Uriah Hall -300 vs. Vitor Belfort

Hall is 14-8 record in his career but he has not won two straight fights since 2015. It is all about striking for Hall, as he has no real ground game. His last four wins have come by knockout. Belfort is 26-13 and most of his wins have come by knockout. Befort has said that this will be his last UFC fight.

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I am surprised the price on Hall is so high, as Belfort has good power and he has motivation to go out with a win. I will take a shot with Belfort at the big price.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place on January, 14, 2018 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, with the headline bout a matchup between Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi. There are four fights on the main card on FS1 and nine preliminary bouts, with four on FS1 and five on UFC Fight Pass.

Main Card (FS1)

Doo Ho Choi -165 vs. Jeremy Stephens

Uriah Hall -300 vs. Vitor Belfort

Jessica Rose-Clark -125 vs. Paige VanZant

Kamaru Usman -600 vs. Emil Weber Meek

Preliminary Card (FS1)

Michael Johnson -156 vs. Darren Elkins

James Krause -150 vs. Alex White

Matt Frevola -220 vs. Marco Polo Reyes

Zak Cummings -210 vs. Thiago Alves

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Kalindra Faria -115 vs. Jessica Eye

Irene Aldana -220 vs. Talita Bernardo

JJ Aldrich -135 vs. Danielle Taylor

Mike Santiago -180 vs. Mads Burnell

Kyung Ho Kang -310 vs. Guido Cannetti

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