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UFC weightlifter Geoff Neal arrested on DWI and charged with weapons a week before the fight

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UFC Welterweight Geoff Neal was arrested for drunk driving and unlawfully carrying a weapon, according to reports.

Neal, 31, was arrested in Texas over Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 25), according to a Collin County Sheriff’s Office obtained by MMA Junkie and ESPN.

The news comes just over a week before the American’s scheduled fight with Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269.

In a statement provided to The Independent on Friday, the UFC said it is “aware of the recent situation involving Geoff Neal,” and that it has “contacted him and is in the process of gathering more details.

“Neal’s fight at UFC 269 on December 11 remains as scheduled,” the statement concluded.

Neal’s attorney Brandon Barnett told ESPN that the boxer volunteered for a blood test upon arrest, and that his team believes the results of that test will demonstrate that Neal did not exceed the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08%.

In Texas, it is illegal to own a firearm while being accused of another crime, even if the weapon is legally licensed – which Barnett claims to be.

“If it turns out he wasn’t legally intoxicated – which we would expect the blood test would show – there wouldn’t be a gun charge either,” Barnett said.

Neal (13-4) is ranked 12th in the UFC welterweight rankings and is on a two-fight losing streak, trailed by Neil Magny in May and Stephen Thompson last December.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/ufc/geoff-neal-arrest-ufc-fight-b1969420.html UFC weightlifter Geoff Neal arrested on DWI and charged with weapons a week before the fight

JACLYN DIAZ

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