2020 has not been good to top UFC welterweight prospect, Geoff Neal. First of all, the promotion had the most difficult time getting someone to accept a fight with Neal. With nobody accepting fights, Neal had to get a second job to help with expenses.
Finally, Neal was booked to fight Neil Magny (23-7) on August 29th. It was a big fight for both men as they both looked to break inside the top ten. Well, Neal broke the news himself last night that due to a health scare, the fight is off.
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These past few week have been crazy, and that's putting it lightly. It's really hard to try to find an eloquent way to say "I almost died." So screw it.. I almost died…. This really put alot of things into perspective for me. Never did I ever think I would be hooked up to a dialysis machine before my 30s. Everything was going well for me. Was training everyday, making money at work, just signed a contract for a huge fight, then BOOM, life hit me with a check hook. I'm just glad to be home after having to spend 1 week in the ICU. Stay healthy out there y'all and listen to your body at all times. ðŸ™ðŸ¾ðŸ™ðŸ¾ðŸ™ðŸ¾
Former UFC Champion Steps In
You have to feel for Neal after the year he’s had. The UFC worked quickly once they were informed that Neal wouldn’t be able to take the fight. MMA DNA first reported last night that the promotion was close to getting a former champ to stepping in.
We would like to wish Geoff Neal a speedy recovery.
— MMA DNA (@MMADNANL) August 10, 2020
The former champion has hit a bit of a rough patch going 1-4 in his last five fights. Although all four of those losses were against guys that were in the top five of the UFC‘s welterweight division at the time.
This is a big time fight for both Magny and Lawler. For Lawler, it’s a chance to right the ship. He’s lost three and a row, but Magny is a winnable fight for Lawler. A win is much needed for Ruthless.
Magny is looking for his third win in 2020. If Magny can defeat Lawler, he should be guaranteed a top ten opponent in his next fight. Both men currently rank just outside the top ten in the UFC’s welterweight division.