The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming trip to the Gateway City has an official main event and a new welterweight clash, to boot.
A featherweight showdown between dynamic hitters Doo Ho Choi and Jeremy Stephens will headline UFC Fight Night 124, the UFC’s first foray into St. Louis. The card will also now feature a rescheduled 170-pound bout between rising contender Emil Weber Meek and Kamaru Usman.
The promotion confirmed Choi-Stephens as the event’s headliner during Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 26 broadcast from Winnipeg, Manitoba. On Monday, the UFC confirmed that Meek-Usman had been moved from UFC 219 on Dec. 30 due to issues with the Norwegian Meek’s visa.
UFC Fight Night 124 takes place on Jan. 14 at the Scottrade Centre in St. Louis, Missouri. The bill’s main card airs live on Fox Sports 1.
Meek-Usman was originally thought to be rebooked for UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in Boston before finding its place on the UFC Fight Night 124 bill. Meek made a successful Octagon debut 12 months ago, pounding out a unanimous decision at UFC 206 in Toronto over Jordan Mein. Usman is 5-0 under UFC employ, most recently recording a first-round knockout over Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Sergio Moraes.