Geoff Neal had a tough 2020.
The Fortis MMA product was set for a big year after knocking out Mike Perry last December. However, due to the global pandemic and a health scare, Neal was only able to fight once in 2020 and that was last Saturday against Stephen Thompson. It was a massive opportunity for Neal but in the lead-up, his head coach Sayif Saud couldn’t corner him and he couldn’t see for the majority of the fight.
“I want to take the time to thank all my supporters and friends. I haven’t replied to everyone but just know I love y’all! Not the outcome I wanted but I had fun nonetheless. Some much adversity dealing leading up to this fight.. sepsis, congestive heart failure, 3 of my corners testing positive for covid, with one of them being the general @sayifsaud, but I still made that walk and fought that fight. Couldn’t see out of my right eye for 4 rounds and still managed to hang in there with a guy whose been kicking ass since I was like 9yrs old lol. I don’t know about y’all but I’m proud of me! Shoutout to my teammates and coaches who did everything to get me ready for this moment. And big shout out to @wonderboymma. True definition of a martial artist. Never stop being you my man. And tell your pops I said thanks for the water. P.S this is not an excuse @wonderboymma is good af lol,” Neal wrote.
Geoff Neal is now 13-3 as a pro and 5-1 inside the Octagon. Although Neal lost to Wonderboy, he will still likely get a top-15 opponent next time out once he heals up from his injuries and looks to prove he is a legit contender.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime