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‘Wonderboy’ Thompson downs Neal in unanimous decision

/ 03:04 PM December 20, 2020
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Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson defeated Geoff Neal in a unanimous decision in their welterweight main event at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Thompson (16-4-1, 12-4-1 UFC) carded 50-45 decisions across the board at the UFC Apex after scoring a career-best 171 significant strikes against Neal (13-3), who lost for the first time in six UFC fights.

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“‘Wonderboy’ is still here, baby,” Thompson said afterward. “That title, in 2021, it’s gonna be mine. You’ll see.”

The win was the second consecutive for Thompson, 37, who snapped Neal’s seven-bout winning streak. Thompson earned a $50,000 performance-of-the-night bonus.

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“Geoff is a tough, tough opponent, man,” Thompson said. “And rock solid. Every punch I hit him with, he just kept coming.”

Earlier, Jose Aldo (29-7) carded a unanimous decision over Marlon Vera (16-7-1) in their bantamweight bout. Aldo won 29-28 across the board. It was Aldo’s first win in four appearances.

“I’m getting used to,” Aldo said. “Now that it’s my third fight, I feel better. I’m getting more confident at this weight. I know I have a long path. So I’m looking at it one a step at a time.”

Michel Pereira (25-11, 3-2 UFC) scored a unanimous decision over Khaos Williams (11-2, 2-1) in their welterweight battle.

Pereira had two takedowns of Williams, including toward the end of the second round when the horn saved Williams from a guillotine choke.

Williams landed more strikes than Pereira in all three rounds, but Pereira was more efficient, connecting on 55 percent of his 79 strike attempts.

Rob Font (18-4, 8-3) scored a first-round TKO over Marlon Moraes (23-8-1, 5-4) in his first fight in more than a year after a torn right ACL. Font won the bantamweight contest at 3:47 with punches.

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“I put the division on notice,” Font said in his postfight interview. “I hit hard. … I’m no joke, man. I’m here.”

Marcin Tybura (21-6, 8-5) became the first fighter to knock out Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC, 4-3 1 NC UFC), stopping the former NFL lineman at 4:31 of the second round (punches).

Hardy came out strong in the opening round, but Tybura slammed him late in the second before putting him away with punches.

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