UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal
(also known as UFC Fight Night 183, UFC on ESPN+ 41 and UFC Vegas 17) will officially take place on December 19, 2020, at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
A welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev was initially scheduled to serve as the event headliner. On November 29, it was announced that Chimaev had tested positive for COVID-19, but would still be able to compete.
In turn, Edwards pulled out two days later after also testing positive. His case was worse than Chimaev's and he was still suffering from severe symptoms of the disease. The promotion is expected to keep the bout intact and reschedule the pairing for a future event in early 2021.
The welterweight bout between former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal, originally the co-main event, was moved up to serve as the event headliner.
Full Fight Night Card:
Main card (ESPN+)
Welterweight Bout: Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
Bantamweight Bout: José Aldo vs. Marlon Vera
Welterweight Bout: Michel Pereira vs Khaos Williams
Bantamweight Bout: Marlon Moraes vs. Rob Font
Heavyweight Bout: Marcin Tybura vs Greg Hardy
Welterweight Bout: Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Morono
Women's Bantamweight Bout: Sijara Eubanks vs. Pannie Kianzad
Middleweight Bout: Deron Winn vs. Antônio Braga Neto
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos
Middleweight Bout: Jamie Pickett vs. Tafon Nchukwi
Flyweight Bout: Cody Durden vs. Jimmy Flick
Lightweight Bout: Christos Giagos vs. Carlton Minus
A flyweight bout between Matt Schnell and Tyson Nam was expected to take place at the event. The pairing was previously scheduled to take place in September at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill. However, the fight was cancelled on the day of the event's weigh-in as Schnell was deemed medically unfit to compete due to complications related to his weight cut. They are now expected to meet at UFC Fight Night 185.
Belal Muhammad and Sean Brady was expected to take place at this event. However, in late October, Muhammad revealed that Brady had a broken nose and had to pull out of their bout. He was replaced by Dhiego Lima.
A welterweight bout between Belal Muhammad vs. Dhiego Lima was supposed to be in the Preliminary card of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 183, which had been taken out. Per the report, Belal Muhammad has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled out of his fight against Dhiego Lima.
UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal main card will be available on ESPN+ in English and Spanish, starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. The prelims will kick off on both ESPN and ESPN+ starting at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
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