Stephen Thompson Puts on a Clinical Display Against Geoff Neal to Secure a Unanimous Decision Win

Published 12/19/2020, 9:53 PM CST


Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal headlined the final event of 2020, i.e. UFC Vegas 17 in a welterweight bout. The card was initially set to be headlined by Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards. However, a positive test for Edwards ruled him out of the bout. 

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This meant that ‘Wonderboy’ and ‘Handz of Steel’ were tasked with putting on the final show of 2020 before drawing the curtains on yet another fantastic year for fight fans and the UFC. 

The two men did not disappoint as they put on an excellent fight. Thompson proved once again why he is regarded as one of the best strikers, not only at 170-pounds, but also in the UFC. He was able to secure a resounding unanimous decision win over 11th ranked Geoff Neal. 

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Stephen Thompson puts on a masterclass in striking 

Thompson was in control from the very first round. He controlled the pace and the tempo of the fight and Neal could not get a significant amount of offense going. The pair suffered nasty cuts in the first round due to an accidental headbutt during the fight. 

Thompson landed an impressive 191 total strikes with an accuracy of 45% and 171 significant strikes with an accuracy of 42%. At 37, ‘Wonderboy’ proved that he still has a lot left in the tank and could possibly fight his way back to the top. He is now 2-0 in his last two fights and could for the title again if he secures a few more wins.

Given how impressive he looked, not many fans would think that a future title fight will be too tough to secure.

Twitter reacts to Thompson’s display 

Twitter was in awe of the striking masterclass put on by Thompson. Here are some of the best reactions. 

Bantamweight Brandon Royval took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Thompson.

Actor Jeremy Piven tweeted about Thompson’s injury during the fight. 

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Journalist Shaw Bitter also tweeted in appreciation of ‘Wonderboy’.

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Who do you think Stephen Thompson should face next after a dominant display tonight?

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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