After falling short in his fight against Neil Magny at UFC Vegas 26, Geoff Neal has issued a statement following the loss.
Specifically, a welterweight shootout between Neil Magny and Geoff Neal was delivered on an undercard that took multiple hits. Despite the lack of fights, the undercard had plenty of action and the night saw Magny reassert himself as a legitimate contender at welterweight. Before being paired with Neal, the wily Magny veteran fought Michael Chiesa in January. By contrast, Neal was looking to bounce back after a loss to Stephen Thompson last December.
The 33-year-old veteran used his physical advantages against Neal and, as a result, came out with his hand raised in a close battle. For the most part, Neal struggled to establish rank against Magny. Additionally, Magny was able to clinch effectively throughout the fight. Following the tough loss Geoff Neal suffered to Magny at UFC Vegas 26, the Fortis MMA athlete released a statement on Instagram and indicated that he will take time off for his health and will seek to return after a vacation.
“Well, there goes another one hahaha. Neal posted. I felt really good in the first round and the second was close. Even in defeat, I am still proud of this one. It was another honor to intervene there with another crafty veteran at @ neil_magny170. I’ll probably take some time and take a little care of my health. My body has not been well since I had sepsis last year. I have been dealing with intermittent illnesses and a severe lack of energy ever since. I almost pulled out of this fight last week because I was vomiting / diarrhea for 3 days and after having to rehydrate and replenish what my body lost I found myself sitting at 208 pounds exactly 1 week before weighing myself. But I have problems so I said fuck it and I lost 37 pounds in a week anyway. Lol Probably a super dangerous / stupid decision, but nothing great is ever done trying to play it safe. 🤷🏾♂️ I’ll be going on my FIRST real vacation to Hawaii next week, I’ll be back, get a blood test to find out what’s going on with my body and I PROMISE I’ll be back with a vengeance. Thanks to all my coaches and teammates who helped me at this camp. And thanks again to @ neil_magny170. That was a solid, veteran performance. ”
After a post on Instagram, Geoff Neal revealed that he dropped thirty-seven pounds in the week of the fight. A week before the weigh-ins, the welterweight also mentioned that due to the sepsis (blood poisoning) he had last year, his health was far from one hundred percent. While the result was not in Neal’s favor, perhaps the time off and vacations will help the welterweight clear his mind and return revitalized.
Overall, the fight with Magny at UFC Vegas 26 was close, and many can argue that Neal hit the hardest shots, but Magny’s level of activity set the tone for the night early on. In the end, it looks like Neal will be taking some much-needed time off, and now Magny is in line for a big fight in 2021.
Who would be an ideal opponent for Geoff Neal to face on his return?