UFC mixed martial arts event in 2020

UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal (also known as UFC Fight Night 183, UFC on ESPN+ 41 and UFC Vegas 17) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on December 19, 2020, at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.[1]



A welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev was initially scheduled to serve headline this event.[2] On November 29, it was announced that Chimaev had tested positive for COVID-19, but was expected to be able to compete.[3] 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.[4]

The original co-main event, a welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal is now expected to serve as the event headliner.[5]

A flyweight bout between Matt Schnell and Tyson Nam is expected to take place at the event.[6] The pairing was previously scheduled to take place in September at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill.[7] 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.[8]

A welterweight bout between Belal Muhammad and Sean Brady was expected to take place at this event.[9] However in late October, Muhammad revealed that Brady had a broken nose and had to pull out of their bout.[10] He was replaced by Dhiego Lima.[11]

Deron Winn and Antônio Braga Neto were expected to meet in a middleweight bout at the event.[12] In turn, Braga Neto was removed from the contest due to undisclosed reasons and replaced by Antônio Arroyo, thus changing the contest to a catchweight of 195 pounds.[13]

A flyweight bout between Alexandre Pantoja and former Rizin FF Bantamweight Champion Manel Kape was scheduled for the event. However, Pantoja pulled out of the fight in early December due to COVID-19 sequelae. The promotion is expected to keep the pairing intact and reschedule it for an event in early 2021.[14][15] Kape is expected to serve as a potential replacement for the UFC Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno a week earlier at UFC 256.[16]

Misha Cirkunov was expected to face Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight bout at this event.[17] However, Cirkunov pulled out in early December due to an injury and the bout was postponed to a future date.[18]

A flyweight bout between Jimmy Flick and Cody Durden was supposed to happen at UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori, however due to commission issues it was cancelled on the day of the event and moved to this event. [19]

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Announced bouts[edit]

See also[edit]

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