Neal, a winner of five straight fights including his first three UFC appearances, faces Price, who is 5-2 (1 NC) in his last eight fights with none of those bouts going past the second round, on the main card.
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Round 1: Dan Miragliotta the third man in the cage for this one. Price with a front kick right out of the gate. Neal with feints to get in close, he throws a 1-2 at Price. Superman punch by Price is blocked. Short punch inside by Neal, he gets a body lock and slams Price. Price scrambling and they’re back on the feet. Right to the body by Neal. Price looking to land straight punches. He scores with a kick to the body. Neal gets a body lock to stifle Price’s offense and get him against the cage. Combination inside by Neal as they separate. Wild moment as they both land left hands and are wobbled, Price slightly quicker to recover. He gets on top of Neal, but Neal’s guard is holding up. He recovers and gets a takedown of his own, quickly advancing to mount. The buzzer sounds before he can do any serious damage. Upon replay the double knockdown is looking like it was due to a clash of heads as well.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Price.
Round 2: Neal slips on a straight right that lands cleanly, but springs right up and starts firing at Price. Price immediately answers and there’s a rapid exchange of punches. It’s Neal who decides to duck in for a takedown. Price counters with a guillotine choke, it’s not close. Neal slips out and he’s in top position. Price gets full guard up. Both men appear to be bleeding from the nose. Neal with some vicious ground-and-pound. Price trying to punch and elbow from bottom, but Neal is getting the better of it. Price is flailing around as Neal starts throwing down left hands, Miragliotta watching closely, he gives Price time but eventually waves it off.
Official result: Geoff Neal def. Niko Price via TKO (ground-and-pound) at 2:39 of round two.