Best bets for Thompson-Neal card

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LAS VEGAS – Apex will be finished by UFC 2020 on ESPN + (7pm ET, ESPN +) with figures of highly entertaining battles between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Geoff Neill.

Coming in the An-115, Neil is a minor favorite at BetzMM. The more experienced Thompson is -105.

This is a fascinating fight because it is a Battle of the Strikers, and it is a battle that Thompson rarely loses.

The two fighters will fight for the first time in 2020, and Neil is competing after suffering heart failure in August.

There are big bets in more ways than one. For Neil, this is an opportunity to prove that he is among the elite at welterweight. For Thompson, a win over Neal adds strength to his argument that he is only entitled to top-five-caliber opposition.

I like Neil to win this and I like that I don’t need to have a big number to get him. He is a member of an elite team in Fortis MMA and has the power to hurt Thompson if he catches him.

I’m going to put two units, or $ 200, on Neil to win by decision, which is at +350, so it would be $ 700 to pay me. I’ll hedge a bit and lay Neil at $ 100, to win, in an effort to make another $ 100.

Since the distance will be reduced, I place two units at +130, so I will risk $ 200 with the hope of winning another $ 260.

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  • $ 100 over Marlon Moraz at +300 to win by KO / TKO / DQ on Rob Font.

  • $ 125 over Michael Pereira to win $ 100 over Khos Williams.

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Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.