Geoff Neal
Handz of Steel


Next fight coming May 8
April 7, 2021
Neal is set to take on Neil Magny in a welterweight fight at UFC Fight Night on May 8, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Neal and Magny are both coming off recent losses. It was Neal's first loss at the UFC level, while Magny's defeat broke a three-fight winning streak, so both fighters will be looking to get right come May. This is a fight that's long been coming, given that Neal and Magny were initially set to face off August of 2020 before a health scare derailed things.
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Overwhelmed by Stephen Thompson
December 19, 2020
Neal lost to Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 45-50) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
A five-rounder against one of the best kickboxers in MMA history was simply too much for Neal to overcome. Blessed with a significant power advantage over Thompson, Neal was simply unable to make up for the massive gap in technical skill between the two men. Neal got off second in virtually all the striking exchanges between the two. He also had all sorts of difficulty stringing together combinations. Every time Neal returned fire, Wonderboy was seemingly gone. Neal is unquestionably talented, but this appeared to be a bad matchup for him on paper, and it played out that way inside the Octagon, as well. The loss is Neal's first in his first half-dozen UFC bouts.
Moved to headliner on Dec. 19
December 1, 2020
Neal's fight versus Stephen Thompson on Dec. 19 has been promoted to the main even, reports.
Neal and Thompson have taken the headlining spot on the card due to Leon Edwards testing positive and feeling the effects of COVID-19, resulting in the fight versus Chimaev being scratched from the card. Neal has a perfect record through his first six fights in the UFC ranks and takes on the ageless Thompson, who picked up a win over Vincente Lugue in his last bout.
Slated to return
November 4, 2020
Neal (infection) is being targeted to take on Stephen Thompson (hand) in a welterweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Dec. 19.
Neal was expected to fight at the end of August, but a life-threatening infection forced him to withdraw from his matchup against Neil Magny. His last fight came in December of 2019 when he defeated Mike Perry via TKO in 90 seconds at UFC 245, bringing his record under the UFC banner to 5-0. Thompson defeated Vincent Luque via unanimous decision at UFC 244 in November of 2019, but he broke both of his hands during the fight and has been sidelined since. Thompson has a slight edge in reach, but the two are even in height.
Waiting for medical clearance
August 20, 2020
Neal said Wednesday that a life-threatening infection forced his withdrawal earlier this month from his welterweight fight against Neil Magny that was initially scheduled for Aug. 29, Farah Hannoun and Mike Bohn of USA Today report.
Neal admitted he still isn't exactly sure about the nature or origin of his infection, but he suspects he was forced into an intensive care unit earlier this month due to a serious case of meningitis. The 29-year-old, who previously tested positive for COVID-19 in June, noted that the infection got into his blood stream and resulted in him falling into septic shock. Though Neal is now feeling better and expects to return to the Octagon later in 2020, he's still awaiting medical clearance to resume training.
Suffers health scare
August 9, 2020
Neal suffered a health scare and won't fight Neil Magny on Aug. 29, reports.
Neal was scheduled to fight in a welterweight matchup, but he won't be able to after spending a week in the intensive care unit due to a health scare. It's unclear when or if Neal could return to the cage, but Robbie Lawler will take his place against Magny for the Aug. 29 fight.