On July 27, 2019, the UFC returned to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the second pay-per-view card of July, UFC 240. The event took place at Rogers Place and one of the more exciting fights on paper heading in was a welterweight matchup between the surging Geoff Neal and the always-exciting Niko Price.
Neal, after earning a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series, has made the most of his opportunity to compete in the Octagon. “Handz of Steel” has won all three of his fights in the UFC, which included finishes of Brian Camozzi and Frank Camacho to kick off his organizational tenure. In his most recent bout, Neal took on the very tough Belal Muhammad at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January, picking up a unanimous decision win in one of the most exciting fights of 2019 thus far.
Price looked to make it back-to-back wins after picking up an opening round TKO win over Tim Means at UFC on ESPN+ 4 in March. “Hybrid” picked up two finish wins to kick off 2018 over George Sullivan and Randy Brown — with hammer fists from bottom position — but would lost his final fight of the year when he lost to Abdul Razak Alhassan via first round knockout at UFC 228.
Here is how the anticipated welterweight featured bout went down between Geoff Neal and Niko Price, including MyMMANews.com’s round-by-round scoring.
You can get the full results of UFC 240 right here.
I hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this, but there just seems to be no way this fight is going to be boring. Both men look ready to put on a show and were underway. Price with a body kick that comes up a little short. Another body kick thrown by Price, this time it lands. Neal comes in and comes up short with a right hand. Price with a leg kick. Price jumps in with a right hand and scores. They tie up and Neal lifts Price in the air and slams him. Price scrambles out after Neal takes his back and they get back to their feet. They battle against the fence with Neal having position. They separate and Neal lands a straight right hand. Nice right hand lands from Price. Knee to the body in the clinch by Price, followed by a body kick. Neal ducks under and lands a right hand. Quick straight left from Neal and Price looks for a takedown. Neal defends and pushes Price against the fence. Knee to the body from Price. Neal lands a nice combination and Price answers. Big left hand from Price drops Neal — almost a double knockout, actually. Price on top looking to improve position. As Price stands up, he lands a hard right hand. Back to the feet they go and Neal pushes Price against the fence. Neal takes Price down and Neal takes his back. Neal mounts Price and the round ends. Neal helps Price to his feet. What a crazy round!
MyMMANews.com scores it, unconfidently, 10-9 for Price due to the knockdown
Price is smiling like he just got told he’s going to Chuck E. Cheese as the second round begins. Leg kick lands from Price, and Neal lands a right hand. They begin slugging it out, which Neal’s coach told him specifically not to do. The fans aren’t upset, however. Price looks for a guillotine and Neal slips out. Neal has Price flattened out, but Price is able to get to full guard. Neal starts unloading on Price, who is able to survive. Neal is landing huge shots in the guard. Big elbows from Neal. Elbows from the bottom by Price, but Neal is unloading with a flurry of big punches. Referee Dan Miragliotta stops the fight. Price is unhappy with the stoppage, but stands up, walks towards Neal and embraces him. Absolutely nutty fight! Enjoy the bonuses, gentlemen!