“I actually needed a struggle scheduled,” he laughs. “I’ve been again within the health club ever because the (Waldon) struggle, so I’m prepared for no matter.”
Neal means it when he says it, so don’t be stunned if he results in his first UFC battle someday quickly, particularly since it can construct on the momentum of his July 25 stoppage of Waldon. It was a victory that noticed the Texan get off the mat to shortly and effectively finish his opponent’s night time with a barrage of strikes that made his nickname, “Handz of Metal,” appear relatively applicable.
Nevertheless it wasn’t a finished deal that he would get a contract. That might occur after all of the fights have been completed that night time in Las Vegas, leaving Neal and the remainder of the profitable rivals sitting in the identical room as they waited for UFC President Dana White’s verdict.
“It wasn’t bizarre, it was extra of not understanding what was happening,” Neal stated. “I knew they have been deciding on the contract, however I didn’t understand how they have been gonna do it. I used to be like, ‘Why are all of us sitting in a room with all these individuals gazing us?’ (Laughs) It obtained type of awkward.”
At the least till Neal and Karl Roberson picked up contracts. Then every little thing modified besides the 26-yr-previous Neal’s strategy to the sport.
“I’m principally going to do the identical issues I’ve been doing earlier than,” he stated. “I’m not gonna change something up. I’ve been working arduous, I’ve been coaching my ass off, so I’m gonna hold doing what I’m doing and watch for the subsequent name.”
That angle has been instilled in him by the coaches and staff at Fortis MMA, the place head coach Sayif Saud’s philosophy is to remain prepared always.
“Our coach all the time tells us to be prepared at any second, and we all the time are,” Neal stated. “And I’ve a troublesome group too, so when you’re not in form, you’re gonna get your ass kicked each time you come to the fitness center. So it’s higher that you simply keep in form to be prepared for no matter comes and for the coaching that you must undergo at our fitness center.”
If the whole lot looks like it’s occurring on the proper time, that’s an correct evaluation, as Neal has lastly discovered the intersection of house and alternative to make this work after a yr and a half away from the game.
“I used to be principally looking for a house, discover a fitness center that I’m snug doing a battle camp at,” the Austin native stated. “Throughout that point (2015-17) I had moved from Houston again to Killeen and I actually didn’t just like the coaching I used to be getting there. I did settle for one battle, however that fell via and I couldn’t discover a fitness center I used to be snug with.”
Till he discovered Fortis MMA. And now, Geoff Neal is a UFC fighter. Simply don’t anticipate him to be operating round city together with his UFC hat and t-shirt saying that to the world.
“I see lots of people get within the UFC they usually get kicked out after two or three fights as a result of they lose,” he stated. “I’ll truthfully not name myself a UFC fighter till I win a minimum of three fights within the UFC&#thirteen;
I’ll truthfully not name myself a UFC fighter till I win at the least three fights within the UFC
. Then I’ll purchase a hat and a shirt and stroll round telling individuals I’m a UFC fighter. (Laughs) Till then, I’m only a fighter that’s within the UFC. I haven’t earned that title but.”