Josh Neer: “That’s one thing I’ve never been called, is boring”

by Mike Russell | source: ufc.com
 

Call Josh Neer whatever you want, he’s heard it all before – just don’t call him a boring fighter – that, the eight-year mixed martial arts veteran says, would be crossing the line.

“That’s one thing I’ve never been called, is boring. A lot of people go in to win by decision. I’ve never been that kind of fighter, which is why people like to see me fight. Even before the UFC started handing out bonuses, I was always looking to finish the fight by knockout or submission,” Neer says. “If you’re just going to go in and hold your opponent down to win a fight, no one is going to want to see you fight. People pay good money to watch you fight; the least you can do is put on a good show for them and bang it out. A lot of guys don’t want to do that; they just want to take the easy way out.”

The path of Neer’s career, much like his life outside of the cage has been a precarious one the past few years, but the twisting and turning road he forged, although rocky at times, has righted itself and is now on a level straight and narrow.

Last month he pled guilty to DUI and felony eluding police charges stemming from a much-publicized New Year’s Eve arrest. The 26-year-old dodged a bullet when a seven-year prison sentence handed down by the judge in the case was later withdrawn. Instead of prison time, Neer was put on two-year probation – a second chance not unlike the one he was given in 2008 when he re-signed with the UFC after being given his walking papers by the organization in 2006 due to his less-than-stellar 2-3 Octagon record.

As he did with his recent UFC return, Neer affirms that he will make the best of the leg up given to him by the courts.

“I put the incident behind me and now I’m concentrating on my career. I want to go out and put on good performances and win fights,” says Neer. “If I can keep doing that, opportunities will come.”

The next opportunity to present itself for Neer, whose UFC career includes wins over former number one lightweight contender Joe Stevenson and The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 winner Mac Danzig, comes on October 24 when he squares off against American Top Team product Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Besides shifting the focus of his training back to his wrestling roots and bringing in his boxing coach for more technique training, Neer says he isn’t doing anything much different to prepare for the Brazilan jiu-jitsu black belt.

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Mike Russell site profile image  

10/12/09 9:12 PM by Mike Russell

I see Meltzer didn't quote his source either... http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20091001/NEWS/91001022/-1/BUSINESS04  

Marion Cobretti site profile image  

10/12/09 9:11 PM by Marion Cobretti

One of my favorite fighters to watch... I trained with Din back in the day, and hes an absolute stud.. Josh won that fight fair and square.. I really thought going into the fight Din was technically superior but josh took it to him... Natural born fighter.. fan for life.. And the tool who posted his record.. A couple traffic violations and some drinking issues.. the guy is 25.. Have you never drank, or got into a car after having a few beers, or made a traffic violation that you didnt get caught for? Most people on this board have just never been caught drinking and driving, or getting into a fight, or having some moving violations.. Your a clown.. I picture you as the kid at the end of the movie jay and silent bob strikes back..

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10/12/09 9:09 PM by Mike Russell

 Original source ;) Oct-11-2009 Ne'er a Dull Moment for 'The Dentist' By Mike Russell Call Josh Neer whatever you want, he’s heard it all before – just don’t call him a boring fighter – that, the eight-year mixed martial arts veteran says, would be crossing the line.   “That’s one thing I’ve never been called, is boring. A lot of people go in to win by decision. I’ve never been that kind of fighter, which is why people like to see me fight. Even before the UFC started handing out bonuses, I was always looking to finish the fight by knockout or submission,” Neer says. “If you’re just going to go in and hold your opponent down to win a fight, no one is going to want to see you fight. People pay good money to watch you fight; the least you can do is put on a good show for them and bang it out. A lot of guys don’t want to do that; they just want to take the easy way out.” The path of Neer’s career, much like his life outside of the cage has been a precarious one the past few years, but the twisting and turning road he forged, although rocky at times, has righted itself and is now on a level straight and narrow. Last month he pled guilty to DUI and felony eluding police charges stemming from a much-publicized New Year’s Eve arrest. The 26-year-old dodged a bullet when a seven-year prison sentence handed down by the judge in the case was later withdrawn. Instead of prison time, Neer was put on two-year probation – a second chance not unlike the one he was given in 2008 when he re-signed with the UFC after being given his walking papers by the organization in 2006 due to his less-than-stellar 2-3 Octagon record. As he did with his recent UFC return, Neer affirms that he will make the best of the leg up given to him by the courts. “I put the incident behind me and now I’m concentrating on my career. I want to go out and put on good performances and win fights,” says Neer. “If I can keep doing that, opportunities will come.” http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=23007

Oddessa site profile image  

10/12/09 8:59 PM by Oddessa

 I enoy watching Neer fight. Always gives an honest fight.

BONEtheDOME site profile image  

10/12/09 6:30 PM by BONEtheDOME

LOL

Reggie Warren Jr site profile image  

10/12/09 6:22 PM by Reggie Warren Jr

 Not boring.

LayzieTheSavage site profile image  

10/12/09 5:52 PM by LayzieTheSavage

^ Both of them. 

warfrog site profile image  

10/12/09 5:35 PM by warfrog

i love watchin josh fight, he is a fighters fighter.

Reggie Warren Jr site profile image  

10/12/09 5:35 PM by Reggie Warren Jr

 Neer vs Diaz is one of my favorite fights of all time.

Haywood Jablowme site profile image  

10/12/09 5:32 PM by Haywood Jablowme

 Is Neer the one with the tramp stamp? or is Burkman?  Or do they both have one?