Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Thompson vs Neal?
Stephen Thompson beat Geoff Neal by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC Vegas 17, on Saturday 19th December 2020 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Stephen Thompson.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Thompson vs Neal stats
Stephen Thompson stepped into the ring with a record of 15 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Geoff Neal made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Thompson had a massive power advantage over Neal, boasting at 47% knock out percentage over Neal's 0%.
Stephen Thompson was the older man by 7 years, at 38 years old.
Thompson had a height advantage of 1 inch over Neal. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Thompson was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 20 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 2 years and 6 months earlier than Neal, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 25 more professional rounds, 62 to Neal's 37.
Thompson vs Neal form
Stephen Thompson had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17 on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Vicente Luque at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Anthony Pettis at UFC on ESPN+ 6 on 23rd March 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville.
Before that, he had lost to Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130 on 27th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
He had won against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Thompson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.