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Kyung-Ho Kang Returns From Military Duty To Face Guido Cannetti at UFC St. Louis

UFC Fight Night 124 will go down on January 14, 2018 in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.

Sources close to MMA Today have revealed that South Korean bantamweight “Mr.Perfect” Kyung-Ho Kang will return to the Octagon to take on Guido “Ninja” Cannetti in a bantamweight clash at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis, Missouri on January 14.

Kang, the 30-year-old Team MAD representative, will have spent a total of 40 months away from competition when he steps in the cage at the Scottrade Center. During his absence, he was completing his duties for the South Korean military much like many other fighters such as The Korean Zombie” Chan-Sung Jung. With all that out the way, he can now continue his career in the UFC.

After defeating Andrew Leone for the inaugural ROAD FC bantamweight title at ROAD FC 8, he was picked up by the Las Vegas-based promotion in 2013. He started off pretty rocky with two decision losses with one overturned to a no contest. Then, he turned a corner in 2014 and won back-to-back fights against Japanese foes before taking a leave of absence to go serve his civic duty.

His opponent, Cannetti, is also returning from a long layoff but for totally different reasons. He was suspended by USADA for 10 months after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances from a contaminated supplement.

The TUF: Latin America Season 1 contestant is 1-1 for the organization and will look to get his first consecutive victories since 2013 when he faces Kang. His biggest win came at UFC 190 against Hugo Viana where he dominated all the exchanges which led to a unanimous decision.

Where this matchup will land on the card is undetermined but expect a back and forth battle between these two.

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John Hyon Ko is an Asia-based combat sports journalist as well as the host and producer of Kumite Radio.