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UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 41: Thompson vs. Neal (12/19/2020) - Las Vegas, NV (UFC APEX)


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UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 41: Thompson vs. Neal 
December 19, 2020
Las Vegas, NV (UFC APEX)

Stephen Thompson (170) vs. Geoff Neal (171) - Thompson, DEC (unanimous)
José Aldo (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135) - Aldo, DEC (unanimous)
Michel Pereira (170) vs. Khaos Williams (169.5) - Pereira, DEC (unanimous)
Marlon Moraes (135.5) vs. Rob Font (136) - Font, TKO (punches), R1 (3:47)
Marcin Tybura (255) vs. Greg Hardy (266) - Tybura, TKO (punches), R2 (4:31)

ESPN/ESPN+ Preliminary Card:
Anthony Pettis (170) vs. Alex Morono (170.5) - Pettis, DEC (unanimous)
Sijara Eubanks (136) vs. Pannie Kianzad (135.5) - Kianzad, DEC (unanimous)
Deron Winn (194.5) vs. Antônio Arroyo (194) - Winn, DEC (unanimous)
Gillian Robertson (125) vs. Taila Santos (126) - Santos, DEC (unanimous)
Tafon Nchukwi (186) vs. Jamie Pickett (184.5) - Nchukwi, DEC (unanimous)
Jimmy Flick (125) vs. Cody Durden (126) - Flick, SUB (triangle choke), R1 (3:18)
Christos Giagos (159.5) vs. Carlton Minus (159) - Giagos, DEC (unanimous)

Event Bonuses ($50,000)
Performance of the Night: Jimmy Flick
Performance of the Night: Marcin Tybura
Performance of the Night: Rob Font
Performance of the Night: Stephen Thompson

Edited by Elsalvajeloco
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16 minutes ago, Hail Sabin said:

MY DVR is showing the prelims on ESPN starting at 4 but not the main card on TV. 

UFC.com says prelims start at 4 p.m. ET on both ESPN and ESPN+, and the main card is exclusively on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET. Robertson/Taila Santos was moved off the main card to the prelims replacing Roberson/Lungiambula.

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This is the issue when you show up constantly at 265/266 when you can always be lighter: you hit the wall much quicker. Hardy expended so much energy is round 1 and never really put the exclamation mark down to get Tybura out of there. Then, Tybura gets a takedown after Hardy has a bunch of swings and misses and that's all she wrote.

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1 minute ago, Jiji said:

Fuck yes. Two weeks? I was thinking "isn't the next show like a month away?" He's gonna challenge Pettis to meet him in Temecula next. 

Well, Pettis did just fight the last fight on his current contract. He could fight him on the Rizin NYE show. You never know.

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I think Neal would have better served trying to clinch more with Wonderboy. Wonderboy is not only trying to create space for himself, but by landing constant barrages, he's trying to slowly break down your defense to take away your confidence. It appeared early on he was very successful at that because Neal was throwing a lot of arm punches. It was like he just wanted to just touch Wonderboy with a few combinations so he could look busy. However, it was clear Wonderboy was landing the more substantial strikes. I mean the fight ended 140-108 in significant strikes but this fight was like a football game or basketball game that's an absolute blowout where the losing team makes it look halfway respectable by garbage time points from bench players at the very end. Neal had some offense late in the fight, but it would be one and done. That hail mary punch just wasn't going to land. Anyway, very good win and showing from Wonderboy.

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