The Octagon remains in Nevada for tonight’s UFC Vegas 17 event, a twelve-bout fight card headlined by Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal.
Thompson (15-4-1 MMA) is set to return for the first time since UFC 244 in November of 2019, where he earned a unanimous decision victory over Vicente Luque. Prior that win, ‘Wonderboy’ was coming off the first knockout loss of his career thanks to a superman punch from Anthony Pettis.
Meanwhile, Geoff Neal (15-40-1 MMA) will enter UFC Vegas 17 on a seven-fight win streak, his latest being a TKO victory over Mike Perry at UFC 245. ‘Handz of Steel’ has gone 5-0 inside of the Octagon since making his promotional debut in February of 2018.
Tonight’s UFC Vegas 17 event is co-headlined by a bantamweight bout featuring former featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo squaring off with Marlon Vera.
Aldo (28-7 MMA) will enter tonight’s co-headliner in hopes of snapping a three-fight losing skid. In his most recent effort at UFC 251, Jose Aldo suffered a fifth round TKO loss to Petr Yan in a bout for the promotions vacant bantamweight title.
As for Marlon Vera (16-6-1 MMA), ‘Chito’ was most recently seen in action at UFC 252, where he handed Sean O’Malley the first loss of his career by way of TKO . Vera enters tonight’s event having gone 6-1 over his past seven fights, with his lone loss in that time coming to Song Yadong by way of unanimous decision.
Tonight’s UFC Vegas 17 event also features a highly anticipated welterweight matchup between fan favorites Michel Pereira and Khaos Williams.
Pereira (24-11 MMA) most recently competed in September where he scored a submission victory over Zelim Imadaev. That victory had snapped a two-fight losing skid for ‘Demolidor’, as he had previously suffered setbacks to Diego Sanchez and Tristan Connelly.
Meanwhile, Khaos Williams (11-1 MMA) will enter UFC Vegas 17 on a two-fight win streak, his latest being a sensational knockout win over Abdul Razak Alhassan. That 30-second knockout victory was preceded by a 27-second knockout win over Alex Moreno in his promotional debut at UFC 247.
Get all of tonight’s UFC Live Results and Highlights below:
UFC Vegas 17 Main Card (7pm EST on ESPN+)
Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal – Thompson def. Neal by unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Vera – Aldo def. Vera by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Michel Pereira vs. Khaos Williams – Pereira def. Williams by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Rob Font vs. Marlon Moraes – Font def. Moraes via KO at 3:47 of Round 1
Greg Hardy vs. Marcin Tybura – Tybura def. Hardy via TKO in Round 2
UFC Vegas 17 Prelims (4pm EST on ESPN+)
Alex Morono vs. Anthony Pettis – Pettis def. Morono by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Sijara Eubanks vs. Pannie Kianzad – Kianzad def. Eubanks by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Antonio Arroyo vs. Deron Winn – Winn def. Arroyo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos – Santos def. Robertson by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 29-28)
Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jamie Pickett – Nchukwi def. Picket by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26 x2)
Cody Durden vs. Jimmy Flick – Flick def. Durden via submission (flying triangle) at 3:18 of Round 1
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Christos Giagos vs. Carlton Minus – Giagos def. Minus by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
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