When he was a kid, Geoff “Handz of Steel” Neal, 28, bought boxing gloves and sparred with his friends on a regular basis. On July 27, he will fight in UFC 240 at Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Neal, a 2008 Copperas Cove graduate, will be making his 14th professional MMA appearance, fourth in the UFC. Neal sports a professional MMA record of 11-2 (3-0 UFC).

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