UFC star Geoff Neal reveals he suffered from congestive heart failure and sepsis in build up to Stephen Thompson fight

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GEOFF NEAL has revealed he suffered from congestive heart failure and sepsis in the build-up to his fight with Stephen Thompson.

The American MMA star, 30, lost to Wonderboy in a thrilling UFC Vegas 17 fight on Saturday night after completing five full rounds.

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Geoff Neal battled sepsis and congestive heart failure in the build-up to his loss at the hands of Stephen Thompson[/caption]

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Stephen Thompson won the fight via decision after five gruelling rounds[/caption]

But Neal admitted he didn’t have the ideal build-up to his defeat.

Taking to Instagram, Hands Of Steel revealed he was suffering from congestive heart failure – a condition that affects the pumping power of the heart muscle.

On top of that, Neal shared his battled with life-threatening sepsis – which occurs when the body overreacts to an infection and starts to damage the body’s organs.

He also lost a chunk of his corner due to coronavirus ahead of the Thompson showdown.

Writing on Instagram, Neal revealed: “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…

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Neal battled valiantly during the fight having endured such horrendous health problems in the lead-up[/caption]


“But I still made that walk and fought that fight.”

Neal continued by revealing he lost all sight in his right eye for much of the fight, too.

Having faced so much adversity, the American revealed he was ‘proud’ of himself.

Neal added: “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 team-mates and coaches who did everything to get me ready for this moment.”

Neal also reserved huge praise for Thompson, saying: “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”.

The shock news of Neal illness comes just four months after he revealed he ‘nearly died’ due to kidney problems.

In August, the Texan said: “These past few week have been crazy, and that’s putting it lightly.

“It’s really hard to try to find an eloquent way to say ‘I almost died.’ So screw it.. I almost died.

“This really put a lot of things into perspective for me. Never did I ever think I would be hooked up to a dialysis machine before my 30s.”



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