Geoff Neal revealed on Sunday that he had been hospitalized for several days dealing with an imminent life or death situation, which obviously forced him to leave his next fight against Neil Magny on August 29th.
In his place opens former UFC lightweight champion Robbie Lawler, who has agreed to face Magny in the next card to be held at the APEX UFC in Las Vegas.
Numerous sources close to the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Sunday following an initial report by MMA DNA.
Neal was sent to Instagram to detail his latest medical fears just days after agreeing to face Magny in August.
“It̵7;s really hard to try to find an eloquent way of saying ‘I’m almost dead.’ So screw up. I’m almost dead,” Neal wrote. “It really put a lot of things in perspective for me. I never thought I would get stuck in a dialysis machine before the 30s.
“Everything was going well for me. You were training every day, earning money at work, just signing a contract for a big fight, then BOOM, life hit me with a control kick. I’m just glad to be home after “I spent 1 week in the ICU. Stay healthy there and listen to your body at all times.”
With Neal aside, Lawler has acknowledged the fight in a brief announcement.
The former champion has not fought since August 2019 when he threw his third fight in a row through a unanimous decision by Colby Covington but he was recently looking to get back in action when the opportunity arose.
Now he will look to get back on track as he faces Magny, who has won back-to-back fights against Anthony Rocco Martin and Li Jingliang.
The next UFC event on August 29 is still without a major event also after Yair Rodriguez suffered an injury in training that knocked him out of his planned fight against Zabit Magomedsharipov. At this time there is still no word on who will title the show.