UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi Betting Preview & Analysis

Posted by: Charlie Smith
UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi – Sunday, January 14th

MMA betting fans can look ahead to this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi action as it offers a stacked card with some of the promotion’s most recognizable names. Undoubtedly, this is the perfect event to keep sportsbook fans satisfied en route to the massive heavyweight fight between Francis Ngannou and current champion Stipe Miocic later this month at UFC 220. Let’s take a look at the fight night betting action this weekend’s event has put together.

UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi – Sunday, January 14th

When: Main Card: 10 pm ET || Prelims: 8 pm ET || Early Prelims: 6 pm ET

Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

TV: Main Card: FS1 || Prelims: FS1 || Early Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Stream: Fox Sports Go, UFC TV

Main Card & Online UFC Betting Lines

Jeremy Stephens 1½ (-245)   +135 vs. Doo Ho Choi 1½ (+205)     -155

Uriah Hall 1½ (-165) -325 vs. Vitor Belfort 1½ (+145)       +265

Paige VanZant 2½ (+245)     EV vs. Jessica Rose-Clark 2½ (-290)           -120

Kamaru Usman         2½ (+115)       -650 vs. Emil Weber Meek 2½ (-135)           +475

The night will be headlined by a featherweight bout between MMA veteran Jeremy Stephens and up-and-comer Doo Ho Choi. It’s been a while since online UFC betting fans caught a glimpse of Choi, who was once compared to Conor McGregor by Dana White. Despite the high praise, Choi’s hype-train was quickly dismounted by Cub Swanson, who ended the Korean’s 12-fight win streak at UFC 206. Nevertheless, Choi has opened as a favorite over Stephens.

All in all, sportsbooks decision to favor the Korean over Stephens might have more to do with the veteran’s track record. Stephens enters this bout with a 26-14 record and over the past three years ‘Lil Heathen’ has shown some disappointing consistency. Specifically, Stephens is 3-3 over the last three years, winning and losing a bout each year. And by the looks of it, the fight night betting lines are predicting Stephens will kick the year off with a loss.

Prelims & MMA Betting Odds

Darren Elkins 2½ (-200)       +135 vs. Michael Johnson 2½ (+170)           -155

James Krause 2½ (+160)      -160 vs. Alex White 2½ (-185)           +140

Matt Frevola 1½ (+110)        -235 vs. Marco Polo Reyes 1½ (-130)           +195

Thiago Alves 2½ (-190)         +170 vs. Zak Cummings 2½ (+165) -200

The undercard will be headlined by a featherweight bout between Darren Elkins and another UFC veteran in Michael Johnson. Johnson is dropping to featherweight to see if he can find better success, considering that he’s 1-4 in his last 5 fights. Additionally, Johnson complained about the UFC’s decision to put him on the undercard, since the event will be held in his home town.

Early Prelims & Fight Night Betting Odds

Kalindra Faria 2 ½ (-265)     EV vs. Jessica Eye 2 ½ (+225)          -120

Talita Bernardo 2 ½ (-225)   +195 vs. Irene Aldana 2 ½ (+185)    -235

Danielle Taylor 2 ½ (-330)    +110 vs. JJ Aldrich 2 ½ (+270)         -130

Mike Santiago 2 ½ (+110)     -165 vs. Mads Burnell           2 ½ (-130)       +145

Kyung Ho Kang 2 ½ (-105)  -345 vs. Guido Cannetti 2 ½ (-115)  +285