As he sits on the sidelines waiting to face a top five welterweight opponent, Geoff Neal has taken Colby Covington’s call for a fight with potential title implications on the line for the winner. .
“Handz of Steel” silenced many skeptics when he delivered a striking clinic against the ever-dangerous Vicente Luque at UFC Fight Night: Hill against Santos earlier this month. His damaged left hand caused problems for the Brazilian throughout the fight, finally putting ‘The Silent Assassin’ down for good midway through the third round.
With the victory leading Geoff Neal to No. 6 in the welterweight division, he chose to call out Colby Covington on social media as he hopes to one day compete for UFC gold:
“I try to fight Gilbert [Burns] but he’s busy chasing after Jorge [Masvidal]who is busy arguing with DC [Daniel Cormier] about a fight he knows full well he won’t have. I try to reach the belt. Colby Covington what’s up? Let’s keep the welterweight division great!”
Ever since Leon Edwards claimed the 170-pound title in sensational fashion, Jorge Masvidal has been angling for a fight against the Briton, relying on his infamous ‘three pieces and a soda’ quote from their backstage brawl he three years ago.
Colby Covington has been inactive since being controversially attacked by “Gamebred” on the streets of Miami, Florida earlier this year. However, Neal believes this is a fight the former interim welterweight champion will keep going.
Is Geoff Neal next for Colby Covington?
Dana White recently announced that Colby Covington is ready to return to action inside the octagon, assuring fans and media that plans are in place for his comeback fight.
With a new legend of Geoff Neal attached to his name, we could see the 34-year-old ‘Chaos’ return to competition much sooner than expected. The cardio machine is 2-1 in its last three outings, beating Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal but narrowly losing its second push for UFC gold in Kamaru Usman’s rematch at UFC 268.
Covington is the No. 2 ranked contender at 170 pounds. With the majority of the division’s top opponents all booked, that doesn’t leave the MMA Masters rep with many options.
Neal remains one of the more notable options the wrestler will face on his return, but another viable opponent is submission specialist Gilbert Burns.