UFC’s Geoff Neal reveals he had heart and kidney failure from ignoring a bad tooth

Geoff Neal scored one of the most impressive finishes on the recent UFC card. Neal had taken the lights out of Vicente Luque which ultimately resulted with Luque face planting in the cage after taking a number of uppercuts to the head.

Neal definitely owned the show and put on one of the greatest performances of his career.

But going into the Luque clash many were unsure what to expect of Neal  – after all he’d had a lot of legal issues in the last year in addition to MMA being an uncertain sport.

Neal recently revealed that his life was compromised in 2020 and that had played a number on him.

He had suffered a life-threatening septic illness due to a tooth that was in bad shape.

Speaking on The MMA Hour, he remarked:

“I went into septic shock and that’s when the heart failure and the kidney failure kicked in… I was unresponsive for like a good twenty minutes, they said. It was bad. It was this whole, like, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. You know what I mean, like it was torture.”

Neal researched the issue and came to the conclusion that the illness was caused by a decaying tooth he had been ignoring for a long time. The welterweight contender explained:

“I’m assuming it came from a bad tooth… I was looking it up… and they were like, sepsis could come from an affected tooth. And I had a bad tooth in the back of my mouth that I just completely neglected.”


Neal has been having unsettling ideas about his cardio since his potentially fatal struggle with sepsis. He claims that the ideas first surfaced during the second round of his bout  with Luque. However, the UFC welterweight prospect gives credit to his trainer Sayif Saud for allaying his concerns and encouraging him to go to the third round.

Neal said in the news conference after the match:

“With sepsis came congestive heart failure. My kidneys shut down so there has been this fear of gassing out, this fear of dying from being too tired, that I’m slowly trying to get over.”

“It kind of hit in the second round, just because it happens. My coach pulled me out of it and it took me over to the third round.”