Matt Gothard is joined by Kevin Iole to preview the Welterweight Bout between Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal on Sat. December 19 from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
MATT GOTHARD: Welcome back to "Mad Bets," everybody. We are talking UFC Fight Night on December 19th. It's the last fight of the year. Joined as always by Kevin Iole. Kevin, this one has a welterweight bout between Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, minus 125 favorite, over Geoff Neal, plus 105 underdog. Seems like the odds are pretty close. Do you have a best bet for this fight?
KEVIN IOLE: Yeah, I like Geoff Neal by decision here. I think Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson is the favorite, and deservedly so. He's fought the better competition. He's fought twice for the welterweight title. Been in there with a who's who of the division. But I think Geoff Neal is a guy on the rise here. A good striker.
He's starting to put together a really good resume of strong wins. I mean, he's coming off a really quick knockout of Mike Perry. Also had wins over Niko Price and Belal Muhammad among his seven consecutive wins, Matt. So I think he is starting to face that top competition and win. Got a lot of power, and I think this is a really good time for him.
The only thing that worries me a little bit is he's been off for an entire year. This will be one year between fights, since his win over Mike Perry. That worries me a little bit. Wonderboy is a tough guy to finish. So I'm gonna go with Geoff Neal. I'll take the money at plus 105, and I will play Geoff Neal to win.
MATT GOTHARD: All right, well, taking the underdog. So does that mean if you like him by decision that maybe the fight to go the distance would also be a good bet?
KEVIN IOLE: I agree with that. I think you look at it, Geoff Neal was finished once in his career-- or twice in his career. That was long ago. Stephen has been finished by Anthony Pettis, but that's it. So I think you look at this, and it makes a lot of sense that this is gonna go the 25 minutes and we're gonna have a judges' call here.
MATT GOTHARD: All right, well, hopefully we end the year with a bang. Very excited for that fight. Kevin, thanks so much for stopping by.
KEVIN IOLE: Thanks, Matt. Appreciate everything all year.
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