Geoff Neal
Handz of Steel

USA

Out
Injury Infection
Est. Return 11/1/2020
Waiting for medical clearance
WelterweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Suffers health scare
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 9, 2020
Neal suffered a health scare and won't fight Neil Magny on Aug. 29, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Will fight Aug. 29
WelterweightUFC
Out
July 25, 2020
Neal (ribs) is expected to step into the Octagon against Neil Magny in a welterweight matchup at a UFC event on Aug. 29, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Neal is 5-0 on in the UFC and coming off a victory over Mike Perry in just 90 seconds at UFC 245 back in December. He will have a tough test against Magny, as the Illinois product holds 16 UFC victories and is slowly approaching the welterweight record of 19. Both fighters are in the prime of their respective careers at 29 and 32 years of age. Neal has more raw physical tools, but the experience of Magny cannot be discounted. As is typical, Magny will have height and reach advantages.
Headed for potential medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
Out
December 18, 2019
Neal is slated for a 180-day medical suspension for an injury to his left ribs barring clearance by a physician, MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Despite disposing of Mike Perry just 1:30 into the fight Saturday, Neal apparently didn't escape unscathed. A full 180 days would land Neal's return in mid-June at the earliest, though an earlier clearance from a doctor could wrap it up sooner. At a minimum, Neal has a 30-day suspension with 21 days of no contact.
Starches Mike Perry in 90 seconds
WelterweightUFC
Out
December 14, 2019
Neal defeated Mike Perry via TKO (strikes) at 1:30 of Round 1 at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Perry has been around for quite a while now and we have never seen an opponent smash him as badly as Neal did in the one. The combination that finished the fight was a thing of beauty. Neal cracked Perry with a high kick before quickly pouncing on him with several more perfectly placed follow up shots. Referee Chris Tognoni gave Perry plenty of time to recover but it clearly wasn't happening. An elite athlete with more power than he knows what to do with, Neal is now a perfect 5-0 in the UFC, with four of the five wins coming via knockout. The 29-year-old Texas native is a real, real problem at 170 pounds. Guys aren't going to be lining up to face Neal any time soon.
Facing Perry at UFC 245
WelterweightUFC
Out
October 30, 2019
Neal is expected to face Mike Perry (nose) in a welterweight bout Dec. 14 at UFC 245, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout, though it has yet to be finalized. Neal is coming off a victory via TKO over Niko Price at UFC 240 in July, while Perry lost to Vicente Luque via split decision in August. Perry will first have to be cleared of a 180-day medical suspension after undergoing surgery for a badly broken nose.