In a welterweight bout on the main card, Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal meet Saturday at UFC on ESPN 40 — also known as UFC Vegas 59 — at the UFC’s APEX Facility in Las Vegas. Below, we analyze the UFC on ESPN 40 Luque vs. Neal odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
The card can be viewed on ESPN/ESPN+ with the prelims starting at 7 p.m. ET and the main card at 10 p.m. ET.
Luque takes the walk to the octagon looking for redemption after suffering a unanimous-decision (UD) loss to Belal Muhammad in mid-April in a rematch of their epic UFC 205 bout which went in favor of the Brazilian. Perhaps a win here sets up a trilogy matchup.
Not only did Luque lose last time out, but it was the first time in 5 outings he failed to record a stoppage, too. His previous 4 bouts resulted in a pair of submission wins, a KO/TKO of Randy Brown, and a TKO – Doctor’s Stoppage against Niko Price at UFC 249.
The 31-year-old Neal looks to build upon a split-decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio last time out at UFC 269, halting a 2-bout losing skid in the process. His last 3 bouts have gone the distance, going 1-2 with a pair of UD setbacks to Neil Magny and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
UFC on ESPN 40 Luque vs. Neal odds and lines
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8 a.m. ET.
- Fight result (2-way line): Luque -205 (bet $205 to win…