UFC on ESPN+ 33: Robbie Lawler steps in for Geoff Neal
Neil Magny (23-7-0) has a new opponent at UFC on ESPN+ 33 Aug. 29 and he is a former welterweight champion.
Robbie Lawler (28-14-0, 1NC) will replace Geoff Neal, who had to pull out because of a health scare.
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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 alot of things into perspective for me. Never did I ever think I would be hooked up to a dialysis machine before my 30s. Everything was going well for me. Was training everyday, making money at work, just signed a contract for a huge fight, then BOOM, life hit me with a check hook. I'm just glad to be home after having to spend 1 week in the ICU. Stay healthy out there y'all and listen to your body at all times. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
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Neal was hospitalized for a week, hooked up to a dialysis machine, saying he “almost died.”
The 38-year-old Lawler (28-14-0, 1NC) has lost four of his last five bouts. He won the belt in 2015, defeating Johny Hendricks.
The UFC has not yet confirmed the replacement, but Magny has retweeted various reports of the replacement on his Twitter account.
UFC on ESPN+ 33 is scheduled for Aug. 29 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Scheduled bouts include:
ANTHONY SMITH (33-15-0) VS. ALEKSANDAR RAJIC (12-2-0)
ALEXA GRASSO (11-3-0) VS. JI YEON KIM (9-2-0)
CHRISTIAN AGUILERA (14-6-0) VS. SEAN BRADY (12-0-0)
ZAK CUMMINGS (23-7-0) VS. ALESSIO DI CHIRICO (12-4-0)
RICARDO LAMAS (19-8-0) VS. RYAN HALL (8-1-0)
EMILY WHITMIRE (4-0-0) VS. POLYANA VIANA (10-4-0)
SAPAREBEK SAFAROV (9-3-0) VS. JULIAN MARQUEZ (7-2-0)
MALLORY MARTIN (6-3-0) VS. HANNH CIFERS (10-6-0)
ROBBIE LAWLER (28-14-0, 1NC) VS. NEIL MAGNY (23-7-0)
More bouts are expected to be announced and confirmed.