Marc Goddard was the referee in the Stephen Thompson vs Geoff Neal main event in the final UFC show of the year

Marc Goddard was part of the Schmozone podcast but in a different avatar as he was interviewed in the hotel.

Goddard is one of the top referees in the world of MMA and has officiated several big fights in his career. He was the referee in the fight between Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Geoff Neal.

Marc Goddard is one of the top referees in the UFC
Marc Goddard looks on during the bout between Cody Stamann and Terrion Ware during the UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

One of the major talking points of the fight was the camaraderie between Wonderboy and Neal. Wonderboy is considered as one of the nicest MMA athletes of all time and he was more than happy to take care of his rival mid-fight.

This caught the attention of many, including Goddard, and he opened up on why the UFC needs more nice guys like Wonderboy and Neal, to an extent:

“When his [Neal] mouthpiece came off and him [Thompson] almost giving him a break. I come in and say pick it up and puts it back in.

“Everything about the guy is class, both of them. You almost see things like when he lands a good shot, he is like ‘are you OK?’, he is almost checking in on him.

“It’s refreshing and the sport needs people like that.”


Thompson picked up a bit of a knee injury in the win over Neal but Wonderboy was at his best and claimed he was looking to win the belt.

He hasn’t won the title in the UFC but has come close in the past. Wonderboy also called out the BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal, despite having a win over him.

Stephen Thompson posted an update about his knee on Instagram
Thompson spoke about his knee after a fan asked him (Instagram)

It will be interesting to see what is next for Masvidal given that he last fought for the title but lost. Masvidal has also hinted that he had some unfinished business in 2021 and that could mean a rematch against the ‘Nicest Mother F*****’ next year.

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