Geoff Neal Looking for Title Shot After Defeating Stephen Wonderboy Thompson

Published 11/13/2020, 9:47 AM EST


UFC welterweight contender Geoff Neal finally has a big name opponent. ‘Handz of Steel’ will now face #5 ranked Stephen Thompson on December 19.

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Neal is currently on a five-fight win streak, having been signed to the UFC from Dana White’s Contender Series. ‘Hands of Steel’ has been impressive inside the octagon, especially in his most recent fight. Geoff became the first person to finish Mike Perry after a first-round TKO victory.

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Geoff Neal wants to put on a spectacular performance

‘Hands of Steel’ is now excited about the prospect of facing a Top 5 ranked opponent.

Speaking to the media, Neal was asked if he has any plans to call out anyone from the roster after he gets the win. Geoff responded that he intends to put on a performance that people remember.

“Especially if I finish Wonderboy. If I win a boring decision I’m probably not going to say s**t but if I do something spectacular and impress people, I’m gonna start throwing my name in the hat.”

We see a lot of fighters picking their fights. Neal feels he will be in the position to do the same once he gets a big win over Wonderboy.

“I’m gonna start being more vocal about what I want and who I want to fight.”

‘Handz of Steel’ looking to make his run for the title

Currently ranked #11 in the welterweight division, the Wonderboy fight represents a significant step up in competition.

However, Geoff remains confident in his abilities and looks forward to climbing the UFC rankings.

“I would feel like after I beat him, maybe one more fight, and then I’ll go fight for the belt or maybe I’ll go straight to the title shot depending on the landscape of the division.”

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‘Hands of Steel’ continued to say, “I feel once I beat Wonderboy, I fight one more person, and then I’ll fight for the title.”

Welterweight is one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC. Names such as Gilbert Burns, Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, and Leon Edwards are all within title contention.

Gilbert Burns remains the top contender for champion Kamaru Usman’s title. A win over Wonderboy would put Neal into the top 5 of the UFC pushing him closer to title glory. 

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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