Geoff Neal, the No. 7-ranked UFC welterweight, was left off the Black History Month video montage that the campaign posted to honour the accomplishments of African-American and black athletes.
Aljamain Sterling, the dominant bantamweight in the film, Kamaru Usman, Neil Magny, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Derek Brunson, Jared Cannonier, Ciryl Gane, Demetrious Johnson, Jon Jones, Jamahal Hill, Derrick Lewis, and Anthony Johnson were among the accomplished sportsmen that appeared in it.
‘Handz of Steel’ expressed his disappointment at not being featured in the video on Twitter.
Neal has been a UFC fighter for almost five years. He has participated in nine fights during that period and has won seven of them.
In July 2017, Neal made an appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS). In a middleweight fight, he faced Chase Waldon and defeated him in the first round.
In February 2018, the 32-year-old then made his debut in a promotional video. The opponent for Neal was Brian Camozzi. ‘Handz of Steel’ easily defeated his adversary and submitted him in the opening frame.
Neal began his career with the organisation with a five-fight winning streak that includes wins over Mike Perry, Belal Muhammad, and Niko Price. The Texas native subsequently lost two consecutive matches to Neil Magny and Stephen Thompson.
Neal recovered by defeating Vicente Luque and Santiago Ponzinibbio in back-to-back victories.
UFC welterweight Geoff Neal is set to return in March
The next fight for Geoff Neal will be at UFC 285, which will feature a heavyweight matchup between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane as the main event. In Paradise, Nevada, inside the T-Mobile Arena, the event will happen on March 4.
In a welterweight fight, Neal will square off against emerging challenger Shavkat Rakhmonov. The bout between the two was originally scheduled for January 14, but the Texas native had to pull out due to an injury.
Neal vs. Rakhmonov is an intriguing contest because both sportsmen are riding a winning streak.
While “Handz of Steel” has won two straight matches, “Nomad” has an unblemished 16-0 record in the professional ring. With four straight victories in the promotion, Rakhmonov has beaten opponents like Alex Oliveira and Neil Magny.
The two welterweights will have the chance at UFC 285 to move closer to a title shot with a strong victory.