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UFC fight tonight (19 December 2020): Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson vs Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17

Stephen Thompson takes on Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17
Stephen Thompson takes on Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17
Anurag Mitra
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 19 Dec 2020, 19:02 IST
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The UFC concludes its 2020 season at the Apex facility in Las Vegas which will play host to the final fight night event of the year.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal is set to take place on December 19 and features a well-stacked card headlined by a crucial welterweight clash between former title challenger Stephen Thompson and surging contender Geoff Neal. The fight promises to be a back and forth thriller between two of the better strikers in the welterweight division. The co-main event of the night features a bantamweight encounter between former featherweight king Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera.

Other fights on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal include a welterweight scrap between Michel Pereira and Khaos Williams; an exciting bantamweight bout between Marlon Moraes and Rob Font; and a heavyweight encounter between Greg Hardy and Marcin Tybura.

Preview: Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal

Stephen Thompson will be looking to prove that he is not just the gatekeeper at the 170lbs division anymore by getting past Geoff Neal in the main event of UFC Vegas 17. After a bad run of form, 'Wonderboy' recently got back on the win column by edging out Vicente Luque via unanimous decision at UFC 244 back in November 2019.

Before the win against Luque, Stephen Thompson had just managed to pick up one win in his last five fights. However, that doesn't take anything away from the world-class striking skillset Wonderboy possesses. Stephen Thompson is one of the most gifted strikers in the promotion and will be looking to put his unorthodox fighting style to good use when he goes up against Neal on Saturday.

Geoff Neal has recently looked invincible inside the Octagon. The power-punching welterweight is feared for his knockout power and currently boasts a 5-0 record in the UFC. Neal isn't afraid of taking the fight to the ground if required but it's his punches and kicks that Wonderboy needs to be wary of. Seven out of his last nine wins have come by way of knockout.

UFC Fight Night: Stephen Thompson vs Geoff Neal Full Card:

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Main Card

Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal

Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Vera

Khaos Williams vs. Michel Pereira

Marlon Moraes vs. Rob Font

Marcin Tybura vs. Greg Hardy

Preliminary Card

Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Morono

Sijara Eubanks vs. Pannie Kianzad

Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula

Deron Winn vs. Antonio Arroyo

Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos

Tafon Nchukwi vs Jamie Pickett

Jimmy Flick vs. Cody Durden

Rick Glenn vs. Carlton Minus


Published 19 Dec 2020, 19:02 IST
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