UFC Fight Night 124 staff picks: One toss up, three heavy favorites in St. Louis

12 January 2018

 

Choi

vs.

Stephens
Belfort

vs.

Hall
Clark

vs.

VanZant
Meek

vs.

Usman
MMAjunkie readers’

consensus picks

2017: 124-92 (2017)
choi2018

Choi

(59%)
uhall2018

Hall

(79%)
vanzant2018

VanZant

(68%)
usman2018

Usman

(72%)
Brian Garcia

@thegoze

2017: 135-81

trophy copy 2017 Champion
stephens2018

Stephens
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
Ben Fowlkes

@BenFowlkesMMA

2017: 131-85

trophy copy 2016 Champion
choi2018

Choi
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
Dann Stupp

@DannStupp

2017: 129-82

trophy copy 2015 Champion
choi2018

Choi
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
Simon Samano

@SJSamano

2017: 131-85
choi2018

Choi
uhall2018

Hall
jrclark2018

Clark
usman2018

Usman
Steven Marrocco

@MMAjunkieSteven

2017: 129-87
stephens2018

Stephens
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
John Morgan

@MMAjunkieJohn

2017: 128-88
choi2018

Choi
uhall2018

Hall
jrclark2018

Clark
usman2018

Usman
Mike Bohn

@MikeBohnMMA

2017: 127-89

trophy copy 2014 Champion
choi2018

Choi
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
Fernanda Prates

@nandaprates_

2017: 123-93
choi2018

Choi
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
Matt Erickson

@MMAjunkieMatt

2017: 122-94
stephens2018

Stephens
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
George Garcia

@MMAjunkieGeorge

2017: 121-95
stephens2018

Stephens
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
meek2018

Meek
Ken Hathaway

@kenshathaway

2017: 0-0
stephens2018

Stephens
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
Trent Reinsmith

@TrentReinsmith

2017: 0-0
choi2018

Choi
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
usman2018

Usman
Abbey Subhan

@kammakaze

2017: 0-0
stephens2018

Stephens
uhall2018

Hall
vanzant2018

VanZant
meek2018

Meek
Dan Tom

@DanTomMMA

2017: 0-0
stephens2018

Stephens
uhall2018

Hall
jrclark2018

Clark
usman2018

Usman

The UFC is back for its first event of the new calendar year, and it has touched down in St. Louis for the first time in its history.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Sunday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) takes on Dooho Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Choi is a slight favorite in the fight, but our 14 MMAjunkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers (we’ve expanded the field for 2018) are split right down the middle at 7-7.

In the co-feature, former champion Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) meets Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) in a middleweight bout – and in what could be Belfort’s final fight. Hall is a -250 favorite, and he is the only unanimous pick on the card with 14 of 14 taking him to win.

Also on the main card, Jessica-Rose Clark (8-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looks to build on her successful promotional debut when she takes on Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is moving up from strawweight to the UFC’s new women’s flyweight division. Clark actually is a slight favorite over VanZant, but it’s VanZant with a big 11-3 edge.

And to open the main card, Emil Meek (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at welterweight. Usman is the biggest favorite on the card, and he’s got a 12-2 edge with just a pair of pickers going with Meek, the heavy underdog.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Choi, Hall, VanZant and Usman are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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