Tributes have poured in this Wednesday night following the sad passing of veteran mixed martial arts referee, Neil Hall. Releasing a public statement this evening, Hall’s family confirmed the passing amid a battle with complications stemming from the novel coronavirus.
Cage Warriors contender, Paddy Pimblett commented on the sad passing of Hall, who refereed his fights at both amateur and professional level, noting his shock at the official’s passing.
“This man (Neil Hall) reffed a lot of my early fights at amateur and pro, complete shock to hear of his passing. Rest in peace Neil Hall forever be a UKMMA legend.”
Cage Warriors president, Graham Boylan offered his condolences to Kath and Neil’s family.
“This is v (very) sad news. RIP Neil Hall, an MMA pioneer. Thoughts with Kath & family.”
Bellator lightweight contender and UFC alum, Paul ‘Redser’ Redmond described Hall as a “really nice guy” as he remembered the official who, like many fighters across the U.K. and Ireland had seen there fights officiated by him.
“Wow sorry to hear the passing of Neil Hall, reffed a couple of my fights and always had a laugh before & after competitions. Really nice guy. R.I.P”
Straight Blast Gym head coach, John Kavanagh described Hall as “an honourable referee with an eye for detail” as he remembered the veteran official.
“In shock to hear that referee Neil Hall passed away earlier today. An honourable referee with an eye for detail. Spent many a Saturday night post-show discussing fights gone by with him. #RIP brother.”