There is just one UFC event to go before Christmas, and it already looks as though it could be one of the most exciting of the year. There are a number of compelling fights that are scheduled to happen on the card, with the main event of the night being from the welterweight division between Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal. But, who could be the biggest winners of the night from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas?
UFC News: Stephen Thompson vs Geoff Neal
The main event at UFC Fight Night this weekend will see Stephen Thompson take on Geoff Neal. Thompson is ranked as the fifth best fighter in the welterweight division, while Neal is ranked as the eleventh best fighter. Thompson has enjoyed an excellent career in octagon, with the standout win of his career so far coming back in November 2017 as he beat Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision.
He hasn’t been able to kick on from that victory, as he has lost to both Anthony Pettis and Darren Till over recent years. This will be his first appearance back in the octagon in over 12 months, with his last fight coming in a victory against Vicente Luque in November 2019. It promises to be an intriguing fight, as Neal has been dominant in the octagon over the past three years, as he has won all seven fights. He has only been taken the distance on one occasion, with five of his victories coming by KO or TKO.
UFC News: Huge Co-Main Event
There will be star attraction in the co-main event on Saturday evening, as three-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo takes on Marlon Vera. Aldo is considered the seventh best fighter in the bantamweight rankings, and is still regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters that we have ever seen in the UFC. However, his record in the bantamweight division hasn’t been solid yet.
Aldo has lost both fights in this weight class with the most recent of those coming against Petr Yan in July. Vera is an opponent that UFC fans will remember from earlier in the year, as he shockingly beat Sean O’Malley in the opening round at UFC 252. That shock win has seen him become a box office draw, and his reputation could be furthered with another huge win this weekend.