Jeremy Stephens vs. 'The Korean Superboy' added to UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis

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The UFC’s debut event in St. Louis now has a potential “Fight of the Night” winner.

A featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) and Dooho Choi is set for UFC Fight Night 124.

UFC officials announced the fight on Thursday (via Twitter):

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been determined.

Stephens, who’s been with the UFC for a decade, is consistently one of the organization’s more exciting sluggers. However, the 31-year-old was stuck in a 2-5 skid, which included fights against some of the featherweight division’s elite, before rebounding in September with a “Fight of the Night” bonus-winning victory over former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC 215. The victory, which came via brutal leg kicks, netted him his seventh career UFC fight-night bonus.

Choi, better known as “The Korean Superboy,” is a 26-year-old Korean fighter who was riding high after winning his first three UFC fights – all via knockout. It pushed his overall winning streak to 12. However, after a step up in competition, the knockout artist suffered a decision loss to Cub Swanson at UFC 206, though he picked up a “Fight of the Night” bonus and earned “Fight of the Year” accolades. Choi hasn’t fought in 2017 due to injuries.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 124 card now includes:

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
  • J.J. Aldrich vs. Danielle Taylor
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Paige VanZant
  • Dooho Choi vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Irene Aldana vs. Talita Oliveira
  • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • James Krause vs. Alex White
  • Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
  • Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 214 lineup again finalized as newcomer Calvin Kattar steps in

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The lineup is again set for this month’s UFC 214 event with the addition of a UFC newcomer.

CES MMA vet and octagon debutant Calvin Kattar (16-2) has replaced injured featherweight Dooho Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and now meets Andre Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at the event, officials recently announced. MMA-Today.com first reported it.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Fili vs. Kattar opens the FXX prelims.

Kattar, 29 dubbed “The Boston Finisher,” is a 10-year pro who’s currently riding an eight-fight winning streak. He most recently scored a decision victory over Chris Foster at CES MMA 38 in September. He owns nine stoppages in 16 career wins.

Fili, a 27-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter, upset Hacran Dias via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 96 in October. It extended the win-one, lose-one trend that has formed over the course of his seven-fight UFC tenure.

The official UFC 214 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia – for welterweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Tonya Evinger – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Andre Fili vs. Calvin Kattar

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kevin Lee and UFC Fight Night 112's other winning fighters?

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The UFC made its second stop in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sunday with UFC Fight Night 112, which took place at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The FS1-televised main card featured six fights, with half ending in a stoppage.

In the main event, Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) continued to establish himself as threat in the UFC lightweight division when he picked up a first-round submission victory over Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), albeit with some controversy involved.

Tim Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC) added another memorable win to his lengthy UFC career in the co-headliner, beating ex-UFC champ Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC). Other winners included Felice Herrig (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Dominick Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Tim Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) and Dennis Siver (23-11 MMA, 12-8 UFC).

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 112’s winning fighters.

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Dennis Siver

Dooho Choi

Should fight: Dooho Choi
Why they should fight: After a more than two-year hiatus, Siver made a triumphant return to the octagon and earned arguably the signature win of his career by beating UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn.

Although it seems Penn is far past his expiration date, his name still carries weight in the sport. Siver’s majority-decision win over the former UFC champ is a memory he can cherish, even if it doesn’t do much for him in terms of advancing his place in the featherweight division.

At 38, Siver has admitted his time in the sport is limited. He’s coming off a big high, though, and if he can keep that momentum, things could get interesting for him again. Siver is a cagey veteran, but Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is a heavily hyped prospect.

“The Korean Superboy” had to recently pull out of a fight due to injury following his “Fight of the Year” clash with Cub Swanson in December, but if he can get healthy, Siver would be a good test and a matchup with big excitement potential.

Tim Means

Bryan Barberena

Should fight: Bryan Barberena
Why they should fight: Means was unable to put on another dazzling display of violence inside the octagon, but he did manage to rebound from a two-fight winless skid with a smartly fought unanimous-decision victory over Alex Garcia.

It’s almost impossible to put “The Dirty Bird” into a truly boring fight, and while he would need a dramatic career shift to be considered a title contender, he’s a reliable member of the welterweight division.

Many fighters have similar reputations at 170 pounds, and Barberena (13-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is one. Although the fight wouldn’t have much stakes in terms of rankings relevance, it’s a matchup that both fighters would likely embrace, and it could make for a fan-pleasing affair.

Dominick Reyes

Jeremy Kimball

Should fight: Jeremy Kimball
Why they should fight: Fighting in an FS1-televised bout on short notice in his UFC debut, Reyes overcame a challenging situation when he defeated Joachim Christensen by TKO in just 29 seconds.

Reyes showed the UFC made a wise choice by giving him an opportunity, and he scored a solid win against a far more experience opponent on the biggest stage of his career.

Still young in his career, “The Devastator” is a promising addition to the suddenly flourishing light heavyweight division. Kimball (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is in a similar position after scoring a first-round TKO of Josh Stansbury during the early prelims, and matching up two fighters looking to make a name at 205 pounds is a logical decision.

Felice Herrig

Michelle Waterson

Should fight: Michelle Waterson
Why they should fight: Herrig continued to show her lone UFC defeat against Paige VanZant was not indicative of her overall ability when she pushed her strawweight winning streak to three against by beating Justine Kish.

Herrig picked up a unanimous-decision win, marking her third straight triumph over a prospect at 115 pounds. She won’t allow an up-and-comer to make her name off her veteran status, and in every fight, she solidifies the idea she’s a contender worth paying attention to.

“Lil’ Bulldog” is deserving of a noteworthy fight that will help move her up the rankings, and Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) fits the description. Herrig called for a fight with “The Karate Hottie” following her win over Alex Grasso at UFC Fight Night 104 in February, and with Waterson coming off a loss to No. 1 contender Rose Namajunas, a bout with Herrig would provide an opportunity to rebound.

Tim Boetsch

David Branch

Should fight: David Branch
Why they should fight: Boetsch has had a knack for playing spoiler throughout his UFC career. He did it again when he derailed the middleweight revival of Oklahoma’s own Johny Hendricks.

Boetsch handed the former UFC welterweight champion his first loss at 185 pounds with a second-round TKO in what was his 22nd UFC appearance. “The Barbarian” had had an up-and-down run inside the octagon, but every so often he shows what he’s capable of against a big-name foe.

Consistency has been the grinder’s biggest problem, and while the win over Hendricks was significant, the 36-year-old has to prove it’s not too late to make a run.

Boetsch has won three of his past four bouts, though, and he’s earned another chance to break into the 185-pound rankings. Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who’s riding a 12-fight winning streak, holds the No. 7 spot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, and it’d be interesting to see how Boetsch’s style would clash with the former two-division WSOF champion.

Kevin Lee

Should fight: Edson Barboza
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Lee should fight Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dooho Choi injured, but Andre Fili still plans to fight at UFC 214

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An intriguing featherweight bout between Dooho Choi and Andre Fili won’t be happening at UFC 214. However, Fili still plans to fight at the event.

Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) today tweeted that Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) can’t make the July 29 pay-per-view event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.:

Fili added, “Doesn’t matter. I’m only focused on what I can control. I’ll be ready July 29th to beat someone up.”

Veteran MMA broadcaster Robin Black first tweeted that Choi has suffered a “serious injury” and was forced to withdraw. Black stated the South Korean fighter will return in late October.

The bout order for UFC 214 hasn’t been finalized, but main-card fights air live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between champ Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

Choi vs. Fili was expected to be part of the main card.

Choi most recently fought this past December, when he lost a unanimous decision to Cub Swanson in a “Fight of the Year” winner at UFC 206. It was his first loss in the UFC and snapped a 12-fight winning streak, though his gutsy effort earned him fans around the world.

Fili is coming off a decision win over Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 96, which put him back on the winning track after a knockout loss to Yair Rodriguez. The Team Alpha Male fighter is still seeking momentum in the division after alternating between wins and losses since his UFC debut four years ago.

The latest UFC 214 card includes:

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. TBA
  • Andre Fili vs. TBA
  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Claudio Puelles
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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