Geoff Neal had been preparing for Neil Magny for a while, so it was about time they were hired for May.
Neal and Magny were supposed to face off last August, but Neal was forced to withdraw due to health issues, so he wanted this one back.
“I wanted to get that back, I wanted to get it back for a while,” Neal told MMANews. “I wanted to get it back before I had the Wonderboy fight because I thought that would be the fight before I fight Wonderboy. I’m glad he can run again now because I trained like a full camp for him, you know. So I’m ready to go. ”
Neal’s last fight was against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, where he lost by decision. Since Neal just trained and be ready. Trying to get back on track after the illness threw him off track. Coming out of a loss left him waiting, so the call for a fight he’d already made camp for was more than welcome.
Coming back after time off can be positive or negative, but for Neal, the time off since his December loss to Thompson was perfect. Neal said, “This is the right amount of free time. I wanted to fight before this, but May and June was when I was really thinking about going back there. So if all goes well, I was hoping to get one in August, and then one more before the end of the year. “
Neal is now focusing full time on wrestling and with a camp already on the books for Magny, Neal is looking to get back on the win column. Neal faces Magny on May 8 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas for UFC on ESPN 24.