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UFC on ESPN+ 33: Robbie Lawler steps in for Geoff Neal

The Ruthless One steps in on short notice

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.

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.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 33: Robbie Lawler steps in for Geoff Neal

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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