For "Handz of Steel," it was not the way he expected to win the
fight, as he expected it to remain standing, but is glad he was the
one who got his hand raised.
"I wanted to keep to standing. The pride in me wanted to keep it
standing and my coaches told me not to brawl. Once I seen him
swinging back, I was like 'oh sh*t this is exactly what [Fortis
MMA head coach] Sayif [Saud] told me not to do.' I backed off
and stopped brawling," Neal said. "I mean, I'm mad I had to do it
this early. I wanted to have that in my back pocket for later on in
my career and surprise some people. Now, that the cat is out of the
bag that I will wrestle if I have to."
Now, with the win, Neal believes he should be fighting someone with
a number beside his name. Yet, he has no specific name in mind, as
long as they are ranked.
"I don't want to fight anyone behind me. I'm in the rankings and
deserve to fight someone in the rankings," he explained. "There is
no one in particular I want, just whoever is ranked ahead of me
I'll fight. But, I want another one by the end of the year. Three a
year is my goal."