Stephen Thompson has a date and opponent to squeeze in just one combat just before 2020 ends.
The former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger is qualified to fight mounting contender Geoff Neal on Dec. 19 at UFC on ESPN+ 44 in Las Vegas. A individual with awareness of the circumstance verified that the combat has been agreed to subsequent an original report from UFC broadcast associate ESPN.
Thompson (15-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) has not competed due to the fact November 2019 when he bounced again from a knockout loss to Anthony Pettis by outpointing Brazil’s Vicente Luque at UFC 244. The 37-yr-outdated is 2-2 considering that coming up short in a title combat with then champion Tyron Woodley back in 2017.
Meanwhile, Neal (13-2 MMA, 5- UFC) will also be logging his initial battle this year. He was scheduled to struggle Neil Magny on Aug. 29 but withdrew for the reason that of a life-threatening an infection.
Neal very last fought in December 2019, stopping Mike Perry in the initial round. “Handz of Steel” is unbeaten in his UFC run and presently enjoys a 7-struggle successful streak.
Down below is the up to date line up for UFC on ESPN+ 44:
- Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal
- Antonio Braga Neto vs. Deron Winn
- Belal Muhammad vs. opponent TBA
- Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jamie Pickett
- Rob Font vs. Marlon Moraes
- Rick Glenn vs. Carlton Minus
- Tyson Nam vs. Matt Schnell
- Manel Kape vs. Alexandre Pantoja