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#10 Welterweight Division


"Handz of Steel"

Geoff Neal

Welterweight Division

15-6-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Geoff Neal

athlete record


Learn more about Geoff Neal's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Austin, United States
Trains at
Fortis MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Feb. 18, 2018
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2012

  • Nine wins by KO, two by submission (2 RNC)

  • Six first round finishes

  • Has won nine of his last 13 and two of his last four

  • Had 6-1 amateur record

  • Origin of nickname: “A training partner (Travis Moore) gave it to me because I won most of my fights by KO or TKO. I kept it because it rhymes with my last name.” 

UFC 298 (2/17/24) Neal lost a three round split decision to Ian Machado Garry 

UFC 285 (3/4/23) Neal was submitted by Shavkat Rakhmonov via rear naked choke at 4:17 of the third round 

UFC on ESPN (8/6/22) Neal knocked out Vicente Luque at 2:01 of the third round

UFC 269 (12/11/21) Neal won a three round split decision over Santiago Ponzinibbio

UFC on ESPN (5/8/21) Neal lost a three round unanimous decision to Neil Magny

UFC Fight Night (12/19/20) Neal lost a five-round unanimous decision to Stephen Thompson

UFC 245 (12/14/19) Neal stopped Mike Perry via strikes at 1:30 of the first round

UFC 240 (7/27/19) Neal stopped Niko Price via strikes at 2:39 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (1/19/19) Neal won a three round unanimous decision over Belal Muhammad

UFC 228 (9/8/18) Neal knocked out Frank Camacho at 1:23 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (2/18/18) Neal submitted Brian Camozzi via rear naked choke at 2:48 of the first round


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 1 

Week Three (7/25/17) Neal stopped Chase Waldon via strikes at 1:56 of the first round

TRAINING: Early morning run in the AM, strength and conditioning in the afternoon, and MMA training at night.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in March of 2010. I started because I've always loved martial arts and I never could

pursue that because of football.

What ranks and titles have you held? Blue belt in BJJ and two amateur titles.

Do you have any heroes? My Dad

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means everything to me. My whole goal when I started MMA was to get in the UFC and become champion. So it would be a dream come true.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Texas Lutheran University. No degree

What was your job before you started fighting? Server/bartender

Favorite grappling technique: RNC

Favorite Striking technique: Straight left