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Midnight Mania! Doo Ho Choi vs. Jeremy Stephens announced for UFC: St. Louis

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This one is going to be insane.

The featherweight division got an important fight announcement today, as 8th-ranked Jeremy Stephens will face off with 12th-ranked Doo Ho Choi at UFC: St. Louis on January 14th. Also known as Fight Night 124, the event will broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.

The Korean Superboy, Doo Ho Choi, won his first three UFC fights via first-round knockout; he then had a barnburner of a scrap, a contender (and my personal pick) for 2016’s Fight of the Year with Cub Swanson. The incongruity between his baby-faced smile and ferocious punching power makes Choi a fan favorite. While injury has kept him out of the Octagon in 2017 (he was originally booked to face Andre Fili in July), victory over Stephens would vault him instantly into the top ten, one or two wins away from title contention.

Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens, meanwhile, has been fighting the best of two divisions for years, with mixed results. He rebounded from a two-fight skid with a Fight of the Night win over Gilbert Melendez, damaging Melendez’ leg with powerful low kicks. He is known for his heavy hands and aggressive, fighting style; a win over Choi would keep him relevant at the top of the featherweight division.

The stylistic matchup offers nothing but fireworks. Choi is exceptionally accurate and likes to stand close to his opponent in order to land his straight right, but the fight with Cub Swanson showed he is vulnerable to opponents able to stand in the pocket and wing hooks at him. Winging hooks is Jeremy Stephens’ longtime specialty. Both men have excellent chins; Stephens hasn’t been knocked out since Yves Edwards slept him in 2012, while the 26-year-old Choi has never been KOed.

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