UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier took to social media and reacted to a newly announced welterweight match-up that has grabbed attention. The UFC’s successful 2020 run has yet another stellar addition in the form of Stephen Thompson vs Geoff Neal. The aforementioned 170-pound fighters will duke it out at UFC Fight Night on December 19 per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The welterweight division has been shaping up as one of the most electrifying weight class as of late. The division has all the makings of a stand-out in the form of a dominant champion, superstar fighter, and highly skilled technicians. The winner in the match-up between Thompson and Neal will serve as a new entrant into the title picture.
‘Wonderboy’ Thompson last competed back in November 2019, where he defeated the grizzly up and comer, Vicente Luque. Stephen Thompson broke a two-fight skid heading into the fight which included a KO loss to Anthony Pettis. Furthermore, now that he’s back on track, there is no doubt that the former title challenger can get another shot soon with a win.
Stephen Thompson brings in a wide-stance karate style into the cage, and he relies heavily on range management. Chiefly, his ability to transition from kicks to punches in a matter of moments is what has brought him to the dance at welterweight. Additionally, the 15-4-1 fighter is slick moving back as well and remains a threat should the opponent look for a takedown.
Geoff Neal is a clear-cut dark horse of the 170-pound division who’s still looking for an introduction to the casual fans. He is well known within the community as being a contender who’s already in line to immediately fight for gold. Neal has had fights fall through due to harrowing health conditions but will be looking to stay active. Moreover, he’s no slouch on the mic and has prolific call-outs.
‘Handz of steel’ is riding a seven-fight streak, and the level of competition he’s faced has seen a huge step-up. What’s more, he’s been able to offer new looks when he competes, thus making it hard to prepare for him. His last outing against Mike Perry was a clinical showcase that showed his finishing abilities over a tough veteran.
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