MMA Preview – Stephen Thompson vs Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17

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STEPHEN THOMPSON VS GEOFF NEAL FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 17? Saturday 19th December, 2020 - 22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 17? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 17? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC Vegas 17 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 17? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

STEPHEN THOMPSON VS GEOFF NEAL LOWDOWN

37-year-old Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (15-4-1) heads to the APEX for his 16th UFC fight and first outing of the year. His last outing was with Vicente Luque which was an incredible striking battle with the decorated kickboxer coming out on top in a unanimous decision. That fight was over a year ago but came in response to his unanimous decision loss to Darren Till and spectacular knockout loss to Anthony Pettis.

He takes on the bogeyman of the division, Geoff Neal (13-2). No one wants to fight him and it is understandable as he is not a big name yet but one of the most dangerous fighters in the division. He is on a seven-fight win streak and steamrolled through all five of his UFC opponents. Belal Muhammad had to make him work for a unanimous decision but Neal went on to knock out Niko Price and crack the granite chin of Mike Perry with a devastating head kick a year ago.

STEPHEN THOMPSON VS GEOFF NEAL PREDICTION

Both men have been out for a while with Neal recovering from pneumonia which forced him out of his fight with Neil Magny in August. This is such a compelling fight as Wonderboy is technically one of the very best strikers in MMA with championship experience whereas Neal is the dark horse in the division with endless potential and knockout power to stiffen anyone on the division.

The question will be if Wonderboy’s masterful movement and timing will be enough to avoid the power of Neal. If Neal wins, you have to expect it to be a brutal knockout catching Wonderboy off guard like Pettis did and if Wonderboy wins you have to expect it to be a patient and strategic point fight and decision. Either is likely but as this is now five rounds, Wonderboy gets the nod.

Prediction: Thompson via Decision

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