The Welterweight contest of UFC 269 main card will feature the fight between the number 12th ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Geoff Neal entering the Octagon to face the number 14th ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Santiago Ponzinibbio. Here is the Geoff Neal vs Santiago Ponzinibbio Prediction, Odds, and Fight Preview.
UFC 269: Geoff Neal vs Santiago Ponzinibbio Fight Preview
The American Mixed martial artist, Geoff Neal looked like one of the most promising fighters in the early stage of his UFC career. He made a name for himself by knocking out Chase Waldon at Dana White contender Series 3 and earned the UFC contract.
Neal made his UFC debut against Brian Camozzi on UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Medeiros. He earned five consecutive victories after his UFC debut while defeating some of the big names in the division such as Belal Muhammad, Niko Price, Mike Perry, and others. But after his fight against Mike Perry, he faced some serious health issues and stayed out of the competition for almost a year.
Geoff Neal made a comeback from a near-death experience and entered the Octagon after a whole year to face Stephen Thompson on UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Neal. He lost that fight by the unanimous decision of the judges and this marked the first loss of his UFC career. After this, he faced one more loss against Neal Magny at UFC on ESPN: Rodriguez vs Waterson.
Neal has been dealing with some personal issues as well as two consecutive losses coming into this fight and he’ll look forward to leaving all of them outside the Octagon and making a comeback to win column with a win in this fight at UFC 269.
Santiago Ponzinibbio on the other hand is one of the most dynamic Welterweight fighters and he has been fighting in the promotion for almost eight years. Ponzinibbio made his UFC debut against Ryan LaFlare on UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs Henderson 2 and faced a loss on his debut.
But after that, he put the division on notice with his winning streaks, and now he holds a record of 10-3 inside the UFC. Ponzinibbio also holds victories over some of the big names in the division such as Sean Strickland, Neil Magny, Mike Perry, and others.
He only lost one out of his last five fights and Santiago Ponzinibbio is coming into this fight with a win against Miguel Baeza in his latest fight on UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai. Ponzinibbio will look forward to riding his winning streak and entering the top 10 Welterweight rankings after this fight.
UFC 269: Geoff Neal vs Santiago Ponzinibbio Prediction and Odds
‘Gente Boa’ Santiago Ponzinibbio is the crowd favorite entering into this fight with betting odds of -110 in his favor against Geoff ‘Hands of Steel’ Neal who is coming into this fight as an underdog with betting odds of +110 in his favor.
This fight is going to be an exciting contest between two of the hard-hitting fighters of the Welterweight division and they’ll set the perfect stage for the title fights to follow.
Predicted Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def Geoff Neal