A welterweight pairing between recent main event headliner, the #6 ranked finisher, Vicente Luque, and the #12 ranked striking talent, Geoff Neal has been added to a UFC Fight Night event on August 6. – with a location or venue for the event yet to be determined by the organization.
Headlining UFC Vegas 51 back in April, Vicente Luque, a native of New Jersey, suffered a unanimous decision loss to surging contender, Belal Muhammad in the pair’s high-profile main event rematch.
14-4 as a professional, Texas-born kickboxer, Neal snapped a two-fight losing run recently, besting Argentine veteran, Santiago Ponzinibbio with a split judging victory at UFC 269 last December. ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto was first to report the news of Vicente Luque’s return against Geoff Neal.
Suffering the snapping of his four-fight winning run in his re-run loss against Muhammad, Luque, who plys his trade at Sanford MMA in Deerfield Beach, Florida – had most recently defeated Michael Chiesa with a first round D’Arce choke win at UFC 265 back in August of last year.
Vicente Luque currently occupies the #6 rank in the official welterweight stack
In other notable victories in that run, Luque defeated former undisputed welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, recent victor, Randy Brown, as well as securing another rematch victory against Niko Price.
An alum of the UFC since July 2015, Luque has also managed to defeat names such as Hayder Hassen, the above mentioned, Muhammad, Jalin Turner, Bryan Barberena, and Mike Perry to name a few.
A native of Austin, Neal exploded on the UFC scene back in February 2018 with a submission win over Brian Camozzi, after stopping Chase Weldon with a first round win at Dana White’s Contender Series in June the year prior.
Embarking on a four-fight winning run following his win over Camozzi, Neal also defeated common-opponents, Muhammad, Price, and Perry, after a highlight-reel high kick finish over Frank Camacho. Before his win over Ponzinibbio, Neal suffered his first UFC losses against both Stephen Thompson, and Neil Magny.
A light heavyweight division matchup between one-time title challenger, Thiago Santos, and the surging knockout artist, Jamahal Hill is slated to take main event honors at the event.