The UFC had been reportedly searching for a big fight to headline their first event in the city after Jeremy Stephens vs Doo Ho Choi was initially announced and assumed to be the main event but it was yet to be officially confirmed. Until today when Nolan King reported that it is, in fact, going to be the main event and the UFC’s official site has the fight in the main event slot as well so all signs point to this being the case.
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
According to UFC.com, the continually bouncing around Kamaru Usman vs Emil Meek fight has now been moved to this card as well.
This would be the very first UFC main event for “The Korean Superboy”. For Stephens, it would be his third.
2017 was a “Superboyless” year for MMA. He was last seen in the epic encounter and Fight of the Year candidate between himself and Cub Swanson at UFC 206. A losing affair for Choi, but a stock raiser none the less. Longtime UFC athlete, Jeremy Stephens has been with the organization since 2007. He tallied two fights in 2017 with one being a win over former Strikeforce champion, Gilbert Melendez and the other being a close loss to Renato Moicano. Both fighters really like to throw down so it’s hard to imagine this one being anything but entertaining while it lasts and each are in need of a big win.
UFC Fight Night 124 in St Louis also features Vitor Belfort’s retirement bout as he takes on Uriah Hall. One of four women’s fights will also be a part of the night’s action, most notably the return of Paige VanZant when she makes her Flyweight debut against “Jessy Jose” Jessica-Rose Clark.
Here’s how the rest of the card is looking:
Flyweight – Kalindra Faria vs Jessica Eye
Featherweight – Darren Elkins vs Michael Johnson
Welterweight – Thiago Alves vs Zak Cummings
Lightweight – James Krause vs Alex White
Bantamweight – Irene Aldana vs Talita Bernardo
Lightweight – Matt Frevola vs Marco Polo Reyes
Strawweight – Danielle Taylor vs JJ Aldrich
Bantamweight – Kyung Ho Kang vs Guido Canetti
Featherweight – Mike Santiago vs Mads Burnell
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/14/2017