Pros React to a Classic Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson Performance at UFC Vegas 17

Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal, UFC Vegas 17
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 18: (L-R) Opponents Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

An exciting main event between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and a very heavy-handed Geoff Neal transpired at UFC Vegas 17 on Saturday — and what a way to send us into 2021. While 2020 wasn’t fantastic outside of the cage, it at least provided some fond memories of what was a great year of fight cards, despite being a year that was themed with the ups and downs that COVID brought us.

Both men took center stage in a main event that had a special feel to it, as it was the last UFC event of the year. For Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Geoff Neal, it was a opportunity to further their chances of moving one step closer to title contention. In Thompson’s case, to return to contention, and in Neal’s, to break through for the first time.

A Classic Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson Performance

The UFC Vegas 17 main event saw a classic Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson performance. With plenty of striking and movement while not slowing down, Thompson was crisp and technical with his attacks, not letting Geoff Neal get comfortable before he was on his bike, getting out of the little danger Neal gave him. Even in the final round with a compromised leg, Thompson’s movement was still there and his stick-and-move strategy was a problem for a hungry Geoff Neal who was way behind on the score cards late in the fight. After back-to-back impressive victories, an opportunity for Wonderboy to get his third shot at a UFC title isn’t out of the question.

Check below to see how the pros reacted to the final UFC main event of the year between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Geoff “Handz of Steel” Neal.