Vicente Luque Vs. Geoff Neal Targeted For August 6th UFC Fight Night

A UFC welterweight showdown between dangerous contenders Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal is reportedly in the works for August 6th. News of the targeted booking was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. Luque is looking to get back in the win column after a tough loss to Belal Muhammad just weeks ago. Before that, he…

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A UFC welterweight showdown between dangerous contenders Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal is reportedly in the works for August 6th.

News of the targeted booking was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

Luque is looking to get back in the win column after a tough loss to Belal Muhammad just weeks ago. Before that, he had won four straight to get back into the welterweight title picture.

Along with picking up wins over Tyron Woodley and Michael Chiesa, Luque served as the UFC 268 backup to the highly-anticipated rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. Both fighters made it to Fight Night without issues but Luque was the ‘Plan B’ in case either pulled out.

Luque will face a tough task in the form of Neal, who rebounded from back-to-back losses to earn a split decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269. He has picked up wins over the likes of Mike Perry, Niko Price, and Muhammad over his UFC tenure.

Neal earned a shot in the UFC after a first-round knockout of Chase Waldon on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2017.

A location and venue have yet to be determined for the planned Luque vs. Neal fight, but it could take place outside of Las Vegas and the UFC Apex. The promotion has slowly but surely gotten back to hosting some UFC Fight Night events around the world, including London.

The winner of the Luque/Neal matchup will move back into the UFC welterweight title discussion and could be one more win away from a potential title shot.

What are your thoughts on the planned Vicente Luque vs. Geoff Neal matchup?

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Vicente Luque Vs. Geoff Neal Targeted For August 6th UFC Fight Night

A UFC welterweight showdown between dangerous contenders Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal is reportedly in the works for August 6th. News of the targeted booking was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. Luque is looking to get back in the win column after a tough loss to Belal Muhammad just weeks ago. Before that, he…

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A UFC welterweight showdown between dangerous contenders Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal is reportedly in the works for August 6th.

News of the targeted booking was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

Luque is looking to get back in the win column after a tough loss to Belal Muhammad just weeks ago. Before that, he had won four straight to get back into the welterweight title picture.

Along with picking up wins over Tyron Woodley and Michael Chiesa, Luque served as the UFC 268 backup to the highly-anticipated rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. Both fighters made it to Fight Night without issues but Luque was the ‘Plan B’ in case either pulled out.

Luque will face a tough task in the form of Neal, who rebounded from back-to-back losses to earn a split decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269. He has picked up wins over the likes of Mike Perry, Niko Price, and Muhammad over his UFC tenure.

Neal earned a shot in the UFC after a first-round knockout of Chase Waldon on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2017.

A location and venue have yet to be determined for the planned Luque vs. Neal headliner, but it could take place outside of Las Vegas and the UFC Apex. The promotion has slowly but surely gotten back to hosting some UFC Fight Night events around the world, including London.

The winner of the Luque/Neal matchup will move back into the UFC welterweight title discussion and could be one more win away from a potential title shot.

What are your thoughts on the planned Vicente Luque vs. Geoff Neal matchup?

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Geoff Neal Says DWI Arrest Is ‘Not As Serious As They Make It Out To Be’

Geoff Neal may have recently been arrested on a DWI and weapons charge, but he is not letting that distract him from his fight at UFC 269.

It was recently reported that Neal had been arrested in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day and was facing mi…

Geoff Neal Arrest

Geoff Neal may have recently been arrested on a DWI and weapons charge, but he is not letting that distract him from his fight at UFC 269.

It was recently reported that Neal had been arrested in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day and was facing misdemeanor charges of DWI and unlawful carrying of a weapon. While he was released on bail several hours later, this did cause a bit of concern about the future of his UFC 269 fight with Santiago Ponzinibbio, which was scheduled to take place just 16 days after his arrest.

Now it has become clear that Neal will still fight at UFC 269 and was tasked with speaking to media ahead of this contest. Here, he opened up about what happened for the first time since his arrest. He did not want to comment much on the specifics but cleared the air on some issues.

“No comments on what really went down,” Neal said during the UFC 269 media day (h/t MMAFighting). “I haven’t been charged with any crime yet.

“Pretty much they had probable cause, and instead of doing the Breathalyzer, I chose to do the blood [test]. So I’m waiting on the results to come back on that and we’ll go from there.”

Geoff Neal
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As far as the weapons charges go, Geoff Neal explained the gun found with him was registered to him legally. He felt that the reports about the situation were somewhat misleading, and were blowing things out of proportion.

“It was just a one-night thing,” Neal said. “Just decided to kick back and relax with my girlfriend. Had a few drinks and then there’s a situation that happened and then cops got involved. I did have my weapon on me. My weapon, it’s legal. It’s licensed in my name. They made it look like I had a MAC-10 in my lap, driving around drunk or something.

“It’s not as serious as they make it out to be. It’s not like I was drunk off my ass, hungover, just running the streets. It was a one-time thing.”

That said, there are fans of Geoff Neal, who may be concerned about his focus on training ahead of this fight, considering how far along he was in training camp when being arrested for a DWI. He assures that there is no reason to be concerned and that it was a one-time thing that was not indicative of how hard he trained.

“Not really [a distraction],” Neal said. “It is what it is. I’m the dumbass that did that so I’ve got to deal with it.”

Geoff Neal will be returning to action this weekend against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269. Only then will fans be able to tell what impact, if any, this incident has had on him.

Watch his full media scrum below:

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Geoff Neal Explains Recent DUI Arrest Ahead Of UFC 269 Bout

Geoff NealUFC welterweight Geoff Neal didn’t have a lot to say about his recent DUI arrest on Thanksgiving, but he assures it isn’t a distraction. Just weeks before his fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Neal was arrested for driving under the influence along with unlawful carry of a weapon. He was later released on bail after a […]

Geoff Neal

UFC welterweight Geoff Neal didn’t have a lot to say about his recent DUI arrest on Thanksgiving, but he assures it isn’t a distraction.

Just weeks before his fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Neal was arrested for driving under the influence along with unlawful carry of a weapon. He was later released on bail after a brief stay behind bars.

Neal opted to submit the blood test results to local police after previously taking a breathalyzer test. Blood tests during DUI stops are arguably more accurate and reliable than the commonly used breath tests.

During his UFC 269 pre-fight press conference, Neal explained what led up to his arrest and whether or not his intoxication was the result of a rough training camp.

“It was just a one-night thing,” Neal said. “Just decided to kick back and relax with my girlfriend. Had a few drinks and then there’s a situation that happened and then cops got involved. I did have my weapon on me. My weapon, it’s legal. It’s licensed in my name. They made it look like I had a MAC-10 in my lap, driving around drunk or something.”

“Not really [a distraction],” Neal continued. “It is what it is. I’m the dumbass that did that so I’ve got to deal with it.”

Geoff Neal Is Hoping To Snap A Two-Fight Losing Skid

Neal is looking to get back on track in the octagon after losing fights against Stephen Thompson and Neil Magny in back-to-back unanimous decision losses. Before that, he was on a seven-fight winning streak that included dominant performances against the likes of Belal Muhammad and Niko Price.

It’s unclear what could be next for Neal as he continues to deal with his legal issues, but he’s hoping to put it behind him as he faces a tough test against Ponzinibbio this weekend.

What are your thoughts on Geoff Neal’s UFC return this weekend?

Geoff Neal Arrested On DWI, Weapons Charges Days Out From UFC 269

Geoff Neal has experienced a bit of a rough patch ahead of his UFC 269 bout with Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Neal is looking to get back on track after losing two in a row for the first time in his career, by facing Ponzinibbio in the UFC’s final pay-per…

Geoff Neal

Geoff Neal has experienced a bit of a rough patch ahead of his UFC 269 bout with Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Neal is looking to get back on track after losing two in a row for the first time in his career, by facing Ponzinibbio in the UFC’s final pay-per-view event of the year. However, he will be doing so just days after having spent time in jail following an arrest in Texas.

According to reports, Neal was picked up by the Texas Department of Public Safety at 3:47 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, just 16 days before his upcoming bout at UFC 269. He was arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and unlawful carrying a weapon.

Geoff Neal was then taken to the Collin County Jail, in McKinney, where he was processed. After facing a bail amount of $1,000 for each charge, he was released from jail just after 8 p.m., that very same day.

At the time of writing, it appears that Neal will still be facing Ponzinibbio on December 11th. Additionally, neither he nor the UFC has released an official statement regarding this incident.

Geoff Neal is in need of a big win, after suffering back-to-back losses to Stephen Thompson and Neil Magny, which derailed his seven-fight winning streak. Prior to that, he was in the ICU for about a week dealing with septicemia, a blood infection that could have easily cost him his life.

Time will tell if this incident in Texas will have any effect on Neal’s conditioning for the fight or is an indication of the way his training camp went.

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Geoff Neal Promises “Fireworks” Against Ponzinibbio At UFC 269

UFC welterweight Geoff Neal says someone’s either getting slept or getting hurt when he enters the Octagon with Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269.

Neal will be in action for the second time this year when he faces the Argentinian on December 11. In h…

Geoff Neal, Santiago Ponzinibbio

UFC welterweight Geoff Neal says someone’s either getting slept or getting hurt when he enters the Octagon with Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269.

Neal will be in action for the second time this year when he faces the Argentinian on December 11. In his previous outing, the 31-year-old fell on the wrong side of a decision against fellow contender Neil Magny. His defeat to “The Haitian Sensation” set him on his first losing streak of his 17-fight professional MMA career. He’d lost a five-round main event to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson five months prior.

While Neal looks to bring back the form that had him unbeaten at 5-0 in the UFC, including wins over Belal Muhammad, Niko Price, and Mike Perry, Ponzinibbio will be looking to carry the momentum from his last appearance into the final pay-per-view of 2021.

After returning from a two-year absence with a brutal knockout loss to Li Jingliang in January, the “Argentine Dagger” had his hand raised for the first time since 2018 when he outpointed Miguel Baeza in June. While he looks to make another step up the welterweight ladder, Neal will be looking to use the 35-year-old as a route back to form.

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Neal Looks To Return To Sold-Out Arenas In Style

Ahead of his upcoming fight, Neal spoke to MMA News’ James Lynch. “Handz of Steel” said he’s excited to be fighting in front of fans for the first time since December 2019. Having lost twice in the quiet environment of the UFC Apex, Neal believes the energy and sound of the T-Mobile Arena crowd will certainly give him the “motivation” he needs on December 11.

“Those last two performances, I really just didn’t, I dunno, it was like a mental thing. I was in there, I just didn’t care. I was just chilling, you know what I mean. I’ve gotta be more aggressive… I’m so happy that we’re fighting in front of fans. That’s probably gonna play a big dynamic in my motivation and my drive. Fighting in that Apex is boring as fuck, I don’t wanna do that ever again. Hopefully my next fights are all gonna be in (front of) fans, in arenas; I like that uncomfortable feeling of just standing there in front of the crowd screaming. I love that,” Neal told MMA News.

Neal expects to give the crowd an entertaining watch in Las Vegas. Acknowledging Ponzinibbio’s toughness and aggressive style, the Texan told fans to expect fireworks at UFC 269. In his mind, either someone’s getting rendered unconscious or they’re getting left with some heavy damage after a 15-minute war.

“He’s a tough opponent… We match up pretty well. We have kinda the same style. The only thing different is I’m southpaw and he’s orthodox… Honestly, especially this fight, it’s either gonna end in the first round or the second round, or it’s gonna be like, a three-round battle. There’s really no secret to this fight, especially with his style… He’s not gonna wanna shy away and I’m not gonna wanna shy away. I like to come forward, he likes to come forward. So, it’s fireworks. Somebody’s gonna either go to sleep or somebody’s getting hurt.”

Catch our full interview with Geoff Neal ahead of UFC 269 below:

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