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Veteran MMA referee Neil Hall passes away from COVID-19 complications

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The UK MMA pioneer was 55 years old.

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55-year-old veteran referee Neil Hall (left) lost his battle with COVID-19.
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COVID-19 has claimed another life in the MMA community. On Wednesday, veteran referee Neil Hall lost his three-week battle with the dreaded virus. He was 55 years old.

Hall’s wife Kath revealed the unfortunate news via social media.

Sadly, Neil Hall passed away today. He had a back operation in August and picked up an infection in the surgery area...

Posted by Kath Hall on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Sadly, Neil Hall passed away today.

He had a back operation in August and picked up an infection in the surgery area which wasn’t found till late January. He went into hospital for intravenous antibiotics for a week then came home, unfortunately it was with COVID. He spent three weeks trying to fight Covid pneumonia but sadly he lost his fight today.

Over the years, Neil has met many people from all over the world and has had lots of fantastic experiences. Today we have to say goodbye to him.

Hall was a beloved man in the sport. As soon as the news of his passing surfaced, the tributes came pouring in.

With a background in Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, and Sambo, Hall had a brief three-fight stint as a professional in the early 2000s. He began his career as a referee in 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28 and had officiated 40 fights in the Octagon until 2019.