Neil Seery Thanks Fans' Twitter Campaign For UFC Contract
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.06.2014
He's here to win...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Neil Seery (13-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was happy with a Twitter campaign from Irish fans that got him a UFC contract. He will make his debut at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 37, when he faces Brad Pickett (23-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC). The show streams on UFC Fight Pass.
On the campaign getting him a contract: "It was unbelievable. It's hard to explain. I was down in the gym on a Monday night and was just playing around. I knew the campaign was going on to get me (in the UFC). But they came over to me and pulled me aside and said, ‘Neil, you're getting a shot,' I couldn't believe it."
On his fans: "It was everybody in Ireland – they tormented Sean Shelby and Dana White. It was a big campaign in Ireland and it got my name out there. I had no idea whatsoever (it was coming). I was just training away as I always do. I knew Ian McCall got injured, but I didn't really think I had the chance to fight Brad Pickett in London, on a big state, in a big arena. I didn't really take much notice. Then they said the fight was mine."
On being an underdog: "Betting means nothing in this game. Sometimes the underdog wins. But everybody knows who Brad Pickett is. He's been here, he's done it. He's coming down to a new weight, so we'll just see on Saturday night how things go."