The final card of 2020 was stacked from top to bottom — with ranked fighters fighting other ranked fighters. Having the main event with Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal and including legends and hype trains such as Jose Aldo, Khaos Williams, and Rob Font — everyone expected this card to be the fireworks to end an electric year to the UFC.
Did it live up to the hype though? Let’s find out!
Marcin Tybura def. Greg Hardy via. 2nd Round KO/TKO
The former NFL star, Greg Hardy came into this fight off a big knockout win against Maurice Greene, but had to face the underrated and all-around fighter, Marcin Tybura. Tybura, being on a 3 fight win-streak, had all the momentum in the world, and the momentum continued with the second round knockout. Hardy started the fight with an obvious improvement in his striking game, but his wrestling struggles were the reason of his downfall. Tybura proceeded to takedown Hardy, and dominated from there. With this win, Tybura became tied for the longest active winning streak in the UFC (4).
Rob Font def. Marlon Moraes via. 1st Round KO/TKO
The 11th-ranked Bantamweight contender, Rob Font, and his heavy hands got the job done with a swift finish of Marlon Moraes. Moraes started off the fight with a quick takedown and submission attempt to avoid Font’s standup game. Font proved his dangerous striking game to be the real deal with the decimation of Moraes once they returned to their feet. With the knockout of the #3 contender, Font is destined to move into the top 10 on the rankings.
Michel Pereira def. Khaos Williams via. Unanimous Decision
From the slow start at the beginning to the takedowns and flurries of strikes at the end, the human highlight reel, Michel Pereira, got the job done. The fight started off slow without a clear winner, but the answer became more and more apparent as the fight progressed. Khaos outstriked Pererira but had no answer for the takedowns attempted against him.
Jose Aldo def. Marlon Vera via. Unanimous Decision
The UFC veteran, Jose Aldo, worked his way back in the winning column with his victory over Marlon Vera Saturday night. Aldo worked his opponent’s body throughout the fight with outstanding combinations. Vera attempted to take down the veteran, but Aldo’s phenomenal takedown defense was a very tough shell to crack. Aldo finished the fight on the ground, which ultimately lead to his 28th victory.
Stephen Thompson def. Geoff Neal via. Unanimous Decision
“Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson got the job done with a very convincing win over the up and coming fighter, Geoff Neal. Thompson displayed his karate background on full blast Saturday as he dominated in the striking game. The last round was a perfect end to a insane year in the UFC. The two fighters traded strikes and fought until the very end. With this victory, Thompson believes he still has what it takes to compete for the Welterweight title.