Neer welcomes slugfest; not confident Ludwig will comply

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On Friday, Neer (32-10-1 MMA, 5-6 UFC) embarks on the second fight of his fourth stint in the UFC, and he’s fighting one of the better pure strikers in the welterweight division. Why wouldn’t Duane “Bang” Ludwig (22-11 MMA, 4-2 UFC) want to go toe-to-toe?

Not so fast

“I’m going in just trying to win however,” Neer told ( “I’m willing to stand up with him as long as he doesn’t run from me. If he’s going to hit and run from me, I’m going to take him down. If he wants to stand up and trade, I’m more than willing to trade.”

You might not blame Ludwig for wanting to hit and run. The last guy to trade with Neer, Keith Wisniewski, ended up a bloody, cut-up mess after being hit with a boatload of elbows. By the end of the second round, it didn’t matter if Wisniewski ran. There was too much blood, and the cageside doctor called off the fight and awarded Neer the win.

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