In the main event for UFC Fight Night 183, Stephen Thompson will fight Geoff Neal in a welterweight battle Saturday in Las Vegas and available on ESPN+.
The 37-year-old Thompson walks into the octagon with a professional fighting record of 15-4-1 and is ranked fifth in the welterweight division. This is Thompson’s first fight in almost a year. “Wonderboy” Thompson last fought in November 2019, where defeated Vincente Luque at UFC 244 by unanimous decision.
Before that bout, he lost two-straight matches to Anthony Pettis and Darren Till. The veteran fighter lands 3.93 strikes per minute, with 44 percent accuracy. He also absorbs 2.73 strikes per minute, while his defense is at 59 percent.
As for Neal, he enters the UFC APEX with a professional fighting record of 13-2. The 30-year-old from Texas is also fighting in his first contest this year. But unlike his opponent, Neal has won seven pro matches dating back to 2017.
The last time he was inside the cage was at UFC 245 in December 2019. At that event, “Handz of Steel” Neal defeated Mike Perry in Round 1 by TKO. Neal has eight wins by KO/TKO in his career.
Between the two fighters, Neal is the better striker as he averages 6.04 strikes per minute, with an accuracy of 49 percent. But he absorbs more significant strikes than Thompson at 3.57 per minute. However, Neal is better at defending strikes with a defense of 65 percent.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal at UFC Fight Night on December 19th.
Money line odds
Stephen Thompson: -112
Geoff Neal: -112
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