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Geoff Neal arrested on DWI and weapon charges ahead of UFC 269 on Dec. 11

Collin County Sheriffs Department

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight contender, Geoff Neal (No. 12), was arrested on Nov. 25, 2021, in McKinney, Texas, and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and carrying an unlicensed weapon, both misdemeanors. That’s according to a recent report from MMA Junkie, which states that “Handz of Steel” was booked into the Collin County Jail at around 4 a.m. and was later released on a $2,000 bond a little after 8 p.m.

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There are no further details about the arrest in regard to what type of gun he had or alcohol levels. Furthermore, Neal has not commented on the arrest.

The news comes just 10 days out from his scheduled bout against Santiago Ponzinibbio, which is set to go down at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC has not made a statement regarding his arrest and/or whether or not it will affect his scheduled bout.

Neal is currently riding a two-fight losing streak, dropping back-to-back bouts to Stephen Thompson and Neil Magny. Prior to going on his skid, Neal had won seven straight fights, including his first five contests inside the Octagon.