Later this month, Dooho Choi makes his first main event appearance inside the Octagon, as he takes on Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 124.
Back at UFC 206, Choi (14-2) showed why some view the South Korean as a future UFC champion when he put on a “Fight of the Year” bout with Cub Swanson.
While Choi was unsuccessful vs. Swanson, the three-round war left many on the edge of their seats and anxious for his return.
The 26-year-old Choi opened his UFC career with first round knockouts of Juan Puig, Sam Sicilia and Thiago Tavares, with his finish of Puig coming in just 18 seconds. Prior to the setback vs. Swanson, Choi had stopped eight consecutive fights before the final bell sounded.
Much like his bout vs. Swanson, Stephens (26-14) will be the far-more experienced fighter, as the Iowa native has tangled with the likes of former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, ex-UFC champion Frankie Edgar, former UFC bantamweight titleholder Renan Barao and current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.
This past September, Stephens earned a win over Melendez, adding to the 2016 victory he holds vs. Barao. He lost to Edgar and Holloway via decision each.
Choi will meet Stephens on January 14 from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card also features Uriah Hall vs. Vitor Belfort and Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Rose-Clark.
Below is the current fight card:
Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Doo Ho Choi
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
Female Flyweight: Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Rose-Clark
Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
Lightweight: James Krause vs. Alex White
Lightweight: Marco Polo Reyes vs Matt Frevola
Welterweight: Zak Cummings vs. Thiago Alves
Female Flyweight: Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
Female Bantamweight: Talita Bernardo vs. Irene Aldana
Strawweight: Danielle Taylor vs. JJ Aldrich
Bantamweight: Kyung Ho Kang vs. Guido Cannetti
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Weber Meek
Featherweight: Mike Santiago vs. Mads Burnell