The UFC has come to its last event of the year – and despite all the challenges of 2020, the promotion closes its schedule on a high level

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night at the Apex facility in Las Vegas will feature 10 fighters in the top 10 of their respective divisions, as well as two former champions, Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis. The main event will see the two-time welterweight title challenger meet , Stephen Thompson, on the offspring Geoff Neal

All fights from UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal can be viewed on ESPN

• Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal
• Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Vera
• Michel Pereira vs. Khaos Williams
• Marlon Moraes vs. Rob Font
• Marcin Tybura vs. Greg Hardy

• Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Morono
• Sijara Eubanks vs. Pannie Kianzad
• Deron Winn vs. Antonio Arroyo
• Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos
• Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jamie Pickett
• Jimmy Flick vs. Cody Durden
• Carlton Minus vs. Christos Giagos

Saturday marks Neal’s first major UFC event and offers a great opportunity for the 2017 Contender Series alum Neal is 5-0 in the UFC with four finishes and looks to build his case for a £ 170 title shot in 2021 The 30-year-old Neal is seven years younger than Thompson and is driving a heptathlon winning streak. His time has come for many. Will this lead to a win?

Thompson last fought back in November 2019 when he unanimously defeated Vicente Luque.But Thompson has lost three of his last five, and he will need a win to stay in the title call. Are his best days behind him?

The co-main event shows Aldo against Marlon Vera One of the most anticipated fights on the card is a welterweight bout between Michel Pereira and Khaos Williams, who stands 2-0 in UFC and has two knockouts within a combined 57 seconds

Welterweight: Anthony Pettis (23-10, 10-9 UFC, -240) vs. Alex Morono (18-6 1 NC, 7-3 1 NC UFC, 200)

Catchweight (195 pounds): Deron Winn (7-2, 2-2 UFC) defeated Antonio Arroyo (9-4, 0-2 UFC) by unanimous decision

Deron Winn shot against Antonio Arroyo in two bouts, resulting in the most obvious grappler versus striker matchup of the year

Winn prevailed by decision, scoring 29-28 points Winn, a retired college wrestler, was credited 12 takedowns in the 195-pound catchweight bout Arroyo had a clear advantage on his feet and had Winn in the opening round injured with a knee and beating but just couldn’t keep away from his back Winn took almost 10 minutes of control time, according to UFC statistics

It was an important win for Winn, who improved to 2-2 in the UFC. Winn is from California and is a teammate of former two-weight champion Daniel Cormier He may have been fighting for his place on the UFC list

His way back to the profit column wasn’t always pretty, but it had a visible impact on Arroyo The Brazilian looked exhausted in the later rounds and almost stopped defending Winn’s shutdown attempts and managed to get back on his feet on a regular basis , but that only resulted in further degradation by Winn

Arroyo actually overtook Winn in total strikes but did very little in the last two rounds

Women’s flyweight: Taila Santos (17-1, 2-1 UFC) defeated Gillian Robertson (9-5, 6-3 UFC) by unanimous decision

Spending an entire fight with the only woman with more UFC submissions on the silver screen than Ronda Rousey doesn’t seem like a wise strategy, but it works if you’re the stronger and smarter grappler

Taila Santos had to fend off dangerous attempts at submission in both round one and third round, but she did so with more patience than panic, each time ending up at the top, from where she controlled Gillian Robertson and she was bleeding with one elbow Santos even had a few attempts at tapping out of her own, and when she failed to hit the target, she didn’t lose position

The 27-year-old Santos of Brazil has won two straight wins after suffering her only career loss on her UFC debut last year.She is a split decision because she is undefeated

Robertson, a 25-year-old Canadian fighting in Coconut Creek, Florida, saw an end to the winning streak in two fights

Tafon Nchukwi is not the fastest middleweight fighter, in fact, the muscular racket is almost trotting. But standing in a cage with him for long periods of time seems like a dangerous proposition

On his UFC debut, Nchukwi beat Jamie Pickett by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26) in a 185-pound fight. Nchukwi’s size, strength, and power were just too much. Nchukwi left Pickett with one Headbutt drop followed by a knee in round three. Although Pickett made it to the end of the fight, it was a dominant performance for Nchukwi

Nchukwi landed hard in every round with punches, knees and kicks. In the second round he landed a series of hard knees on Pickett’s body in the clinch Pickett, the faster man, could land a nice combination and briefly injure Nchukwi came, he could push around and hit Pickett against the fence. There Nchukwi caught Pickett in the third round and landed that headbutt and the knee with Pickett’s back to the cage

Nchukwi, 26, had finished all four of his previous professional bouts, and the Cameroonian-born who seems to see a real prospect in middleweight division, had previously fought in light heavyweight and heavyweight division and weighed 2,353 pounds , had a winning streak in two fights Like Nchukwi, this was Pickett’s UFC debut after a TKO win on Dana White’s Contender Series earlier this year

Men’s flyweight: Jimmy Flick (16-5, 1-0 UFC) defeated Cody Durden (11-3-1, 0-1-1 UFC) in the first round

Submission ace Jimmy Flick didn’t even need a takedown to tap Cody Durden as he trapped a flying triangle on the first round of his UFC debut

Flick (16-5) from Tulsa, Oklahoma, only entered Durden (11-3-1) 3:18 in the opening round, despite early damage in the flyweight division. Flick jumped into a flying triangle immediately after a headbutt and ended the fight on his back Career victory after submission

It was a quick swing from Flick, who spent the first few minutes of the fight defending poor positions and trying to avoid Durden’s thrust. Durden took Flick back in the first minute of the fight, landing several shots from the Back After Flick was able to get back on his feet, Durden dictated a large part of the uprising with one sharp push

Durden’s only mistake can hardly be called that.He caught an attempt to headbutt Flick, who opened the door to Flick to jump into the attempt at the flying triangle.Durden fought the triangle for a few moments, standing over Flick before finally submitting

Flick, a former Contender Series alum, has now won his last four fights by submission, making it his eighth retirement in the first round

Lightweight: Christos Giagos (18-8, 3-2 UFC) defeated Carlton Minus (10-3, 0-2 UFC) unanimously

Giagos was only scheduled for this opening fight on Wednesday, which was used as a replacement after not having competed since summer 2019.But he came in prepared

Giagos defeated Minus in less than a minute and dominated him in the first two rounds on the floor.He was tired in Round 3, but by then he had such a big lead in the bank that he could only be counted from a minus- Desperate shot had to keep away

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The dominance was enough to give Giagos, a 30-year-old from Hawthorne, California who was Saturday’s biggest favorite at -360, a decisive win with 30-26, 30-27 and 30- 28

The best that can be said of Minus is that he survived.He was knocked down four times, and it might have been more if he had the ability to bring the fight back to a standstill instead, he repeatedly gave dominant Positions to Giagos, who consistently threatened with placements – the submission setups and ground-and-pound beatdowns came one after the other

Minus, 27, and from Anchorage, Alaska, lost both UFC fights. He was originally supposed to face Rick Glenn, who had to retire from the matchup mid-week

Welterweight: Stephen Thompson (15-4-1, 11-4-1 UFC, -110) vs. Geoff Neal (13-2, 5-0 UFC, -110)
Men’s bantamweight: Jose Aldo (28-7, 10-6 UFC, -150) vs. Marlon Vera (16-6-1, 10-5 UFC, 125)
Welterweight: Michel Pereira (24-11, 2-2 UFC, -125) vs. Khaos Williams (11-1, 2-0 UFC, 105)
Men’s bantamweight: Marlon Moraes (23-7-1, 5-3 UFC, -150) vs. Rob Font (17-4, 7-3 UFC, 125)
Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura (20-6, 7-5 UFC, 105) vs. Greg Hardy (7-2 1 NC, 4-2 1 NC UFC, -125)

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