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Stephen Neal plays host at UFC event

Posted by Albert Breer  August 30, 2010 07:27 PM

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But the whole night was a thrill for Neal. He's been a fan for a while, and his connection to the sport has only grown as former wrestling rivals (Brock Lesnar) and teammates (Tito Ortiz) of his have gotten involved.

Its growth is clear in the excitement generated here in Boston, not traditionally a UFC stronghold, over the weekend.

"I’ve been to an event in Vegas, and everyone flies in for that thing, so I think the fans might get it a little bit more out there," Neal said. "They’re one or two steps ahead with the cheering, they might see the moves coming a little quicker. But hopefully it takes off out here. Dana White’s doing a great job promoting here and bringing it back to his home state."

As for his own pursuit of a career, I get the idea Neal knows he could be good at it. But that doesn't mean he's gonna do it.

"You never say never, but I’ve got my full plate with football," Neal said. "I don’t know if I can work hard enough to get into that kind of shape. Twenty-five minutes, 15 minutes of just fighting, no breaks, that’s hard. That’d be a lot of effort, just to get in that kind of shape."
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