The DFS Express: UFC St. Louis

UFC kicks off the new year

Uriah Hall vs. Vitor Belfort will no longer be taking place at UFC Fight Night 124 after the former failed to appear at the early weigh-ins Saturday morning in St. Louis, Mo.

In December 2016, Korean fighter Dooho Choi was the talk of the UFC after turning in a Fight of the Year performance opposite Cub Swanson at UFC 206 in Toronto.

"The Phenom" is 2-2 (1 no contest) in his last five fights, most recently putting an end to a three-fight winless streak at UFC 212 last June when he defeated Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision. He had knocked out eight straight opponents prior to that setback and earned Performance of the Night bonuses in his previous two bouts, first-round knockouts of Sam Sicilia and Thiago Tavares.

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Each of his past five fights has gone the distance, with his hand getting raised just twice during that stretch. This fight was previously the featured prelim however due to the circumstances, the rankings of both fighters and the fact Johnson is fighting in his hometown, this fight makes the most sense to promote up to the main card.

The UFC announced Saturday that the planned scrap between Vitor Belfort and Uriah Hall has been removed from UFC St. Louis as Hall was unable to weigh in. It is easy to see where and why this camp has been so rough for Hall.

The action kicks off with three preliminary-card bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. He most recently fought at UFC Fight Night 116 in September, knocking out Krzysztof Jotko in the second round.

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