Geoff Neal wants to earn title shot after knocking out Stephen Thompson

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Rising welterweight contender Geoff Neal is all set to fight former UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Vegas 17 taking place this weekend at the Apex facility in Las Vegas.

It has been a rough year for Geoff Neal, who was waiting for an opponent all this time. He last fought exactly a year ago at UFC 245. He fought Mike Perry and knocked him out in the first round and ever since he has been scrambling for an opponent.

He stated that he was happy when former challenger Stephen Thompson accepted the fight.

It has been really up and down. I beat Mike Perry and came into the year thinking I’ll get another fight and three months later still no fight. Then the whole COVID thing happened and I go through the entire spring and summer with no fight. I then finally get booked against Neil Magny and get sick as hell and that sucked,” Neal said on Just Scrap Radio on “I’m just happy that somebody in the top-five accepted a fight with me. It is also Wonderboy Thompson, who was the last person I thought would accept the fight with me. I needed that, I was trying to get a fight with Michael Chiesa who didn’t want to fight me at all. Wonderboy is a better matchup and it is the main event.”

Geoff Neal wants to finish Wonderboy

Geoff Neal also made it clear that he is gunning for a stoppage against Wonderboy. He also believes that a win over him could Fastrack his way to a title shot.

I see it how I see all my fights and that is me going for the finish,” Geoff Neal said. “That is all I want is the finish, that is all I visualize. I don’t want to go to a decision because all that means is you got punched in the face more. I don’t look forward to things like that, I want to go in there and get out quick. But, he is durable so it might go to a decision. My goal is to take him out.”

That is what I see. I get this win and maybe I have one more fight before the belt, maybe not. I am really hoping to gain a lot of fans after this fight,” Neal concluded. (H/T –

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