The UFC starts the year of with an exciting Fight Night Event in St. Lewis, Missouri. This fight night should a preview for fans on television to get a taste of UFC action in the coming year before the major pay-per-views. History may even be made with the retiring of future UFC legend.
Jeremy Stephens vs Dooho Choi
The most exciting fight this weekend may be the main event showdown between Jeremy Stephens and Dooho Choi. Stephens has been a long time veteran of the UFC roster and has been the barrier between the top contenders of featherweight devision and everyone else. Choi looks to continue his climb up the rankings by defeating Stephens. Choi’s career has slowed since losing the fight of the year to Cub Swanson in 2016. He has declined fights since then so it seems he is comfortable taking on Stephens now. The long layoff does not reward Choi, Stephens wins by decision.
Uriah Hall vs Vitor Belfort
This will be a much watch fight for all MMA fans. Not because of the matchup of Victor Belfort and Uriah Hall but because this may be the last time to watch Victor Belfort fight. There has been may reports circulating that this will be the last fight for the all time great, Victor Belfort. Both Belfort and Hall have seen their fair share of exciting finishes on both the giving and receiving ends highlight knockout. This fight should end in the cage and not on the judges score cards. Belfort wins by KO in the second round.
Paige VanZant vs Jessica-Rose Clark
This be the flyweight debut for Paige VanZant as she faces off against the Australia, Jessica-Rose Clark. VanZant would be moving up in weight class compared to Clark having to cut weight. VanZant however, may be more suited for the new 125 pound devision and the move not affecting her at all. VanZant has more experience in the UFC and should win by decision.
Kamaru Usman vs Emil Meek
Kamaru Usman is a young top 10 prospect in the welterweight devision looking continue with the success he has found in the UFC since winning the Ultimate Fighter. Emil Meek is looking to stop Usman and take his top 10 ranking for himself. This should be a difficult test for Meek because Usman may look to use his wrestling skill if things do not go his way on their feet. Usman wins by Decision
Darren Elkins vs Micheal Johnson
This is not listed as a main card for this fight but it might as well be. Darren Elkins is an experienced top 10 featherweight and his opponent Micheal Johnson is an experienced top 10 lightweight moving down to 145 face him. Johnson is from St. Louis and should get a lot of love from the hometown fans. If the weight cut goes smoothly Johnson should be a bigger more talented fighter than Elkins, expected Johnson to win by TKO. This fight is too exciting to be listed as a prelim.