Speaking to MMAJunkie, UFC Austin winner Geoff Neal opened up on his financial struggles.
Apparently, Neal claims to have been down to the last $50 of his bank account.
Geoff Neal fought Brian Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 126—besting the latter by way of a Rear-Naked Choke.
Although Neal ended up doling out an impressive performance, he wasn’t awarded Performance of the Night or any other honors by the UFC.
Geoff Neal spoke about his financial struggles—working as a part-time fighter, and bartender/server in Texas.
“I really need it,” Neal stated.“I’m trying to be a full-time fighter. I work full-time at Texas Roadhouse, struggle to make ends meet. I actually used the per diem that they gave us to pay my rent – used all that (expletive). It’s been a struggle for me. I’m just glad I made it to this point. I was at the tail end of my bank account. I’ve probably got like $50 left in there right now. It’s a sacrifice. You’ve got to risk it for the biscuit.”
“I’m trying to stay in a state of calm,” Neal said. “I’m not trying to let this overwhelm me right now. Yes, I won my UFC debut, but it’s on to the next. T
Neal added—“There are a lot of tough dudes at 170. I can’t get complacent and comfortable.”
Furthermore, Neal reiterated that he used his UFC pay to ensure that his rent dues are cleared and he has a roof above his head.
Intriguingly, Neal emphasized that he intends to become a full-time fighter now, and hopes to carve out a respectable career in the UFC to do so.
Here’s hoping this talented young lad achieves his goals in the UFC.
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