A few wild exchanges on the feet eventually ended with Neal on top of Price on the canvas and he had no intentions of letting his opponent get up again. Neal was relentless with his ground and pound attack and a few unanswered punches forced referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the fight with the end coming at 2:39 into the second round.
“It was a wild one. I kind of expected that fighting Niko,” Neal said following his fourth straight win in the UFC. “I knew he was a couple more shots from being knocked all the way out. The referee stopped it before then.”
There was no feeling out period in this welterweight matchup with Neal and Price coming after each other as soon as the referee released them from their respective corners.
Both fighters had good moments in the opening round but the momentum shifted dramatically after Price threw a short left hand and ended up clashing heads with Neal. The accidental collision ended with Neal falling to his back with Price jumping on top looking for the finish.
Neal was able to survive the onslaught before working his way back to the feet. Before the horn sounded, Neal managed a huge takedown before advancing his position on Price showing that he was fully recovered from the head butt.
In between rounds, Neal’s corner told him to avoid a slug fest but he came out and immediately began swinging punches with Price in the center of the Octagon. Neal cracked Price with a stiff left hand before a huge flurry that saw both fighters chipping away at each other with punches.
The crazy scramble eventually led to Price going for an ill-fated guillotine choke but when he didn’t get the submission, Neal was on top of him. From there, Neal began raining down a series of vicious punches that started to slip through Price’s defense.
The succession of strikes saw Price’s head snap back and forth from the force of the punches and after his arms went limp for a moment, the referee had no other choice but to stop the fight.
Now 4-0 in the UFC with three finishes, Neal has definitely made waves since earning his roster spot by way of Dana White’s Contender Series and he may be staring at a top 15 opponent across the Octagon from him when he books his next fight.