Josh Neer

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Josh Neer
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Born Joshua Martin Neer
(1983-03-24) March 24, 1983 (age 31)
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Other names The Dentist
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 171 lb (78 kg; 12.2 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Team Miletich Martial Arts
Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2003–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 50
Wins 36
By knockout 18
By submission 14
By decision 4
Losses 13
By knockout 2
By submission 5
By decision 6
Draws 1
Other information
Website http://www.joshneer.tv/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 29, 2009

Joshua Martin Neer (born March 24, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2003, he has formerly competed for the UFC, the Quad Cities Silverbacks of the IFL, Bellator and Shark Fights. He is the former Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Champion.

Background[edit]

Neer is from Des Moines, Iowa and began wrestling when he was six years old. In high school, he played football, was an All-Conference baseball player, and in wrestling, he finished fourth in the state for his senior season. Neer continued wrestling at Waldorf College, but got injured and dropped out after only a year. Neer began boxing when he was 18 years old.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Neer began fighting in mixed martial arts in 2002 at the Toad Holler Fight Club where he started and finished his amateur career and went 11–0. Neer received his nickname "The Dentist" for knocking out the teeth of two opponent consecutively during his amateur career. Neer won four of the bouts by KO and four by submission. Neer would then enter MMA professionally. Even though that is all his record shows he was actually 87–1 at Toad Holler Fight Club sometimes fighting two to three times a night. His only loss as an amateur was to Kevin Burns of the Des Moines Jiu Jitsu Academy, a loss that he would go onto avenge later on in his amateur career.

Neer began his professional career on March 15, 2003 by knocking out Josh Kennedy. Neer then won twice and drew once before losing his first fight to Spencer "The King" Fisher by split decision. After losing to Fisher, Neer won his next ten fights, including the XKK (Xtreme Kage Kombat) Welterweight Championship.

UFC[edit]

Neer signed with the UFC and lost his first fight to Drew Fickett by submission at the inaugural Ultimate Fight Night.

Neer fought his next three fights outside the UFC and went 2–1 before going back to the UFC. He submitted Melvin Guillard at Ultimate Fight Night 2 and beat Joe Stevenson, who won the Welterweight division of The Ultimate Fighter 2, at Ultimate Fight Night 3. Neer then lost his next two fights, to Josh Burkman at UFC 61 and by submission to Nick Diaz at UFC 62.

Again out of the UFC, Neer went 6–1 in his next seven fights before returning to defeat Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon. He lost to Nate Diaz in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer, but followed that defeat with a win at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs Stephens over The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra winner, Mac Danzig, by triangle choke in the second round.

Neer lost a unanimous decision over Kurt Pellegrino. Throughout the fight Neer made signals that Pellegrino was not doing anything, and was visibly upset at the end of the 3rd round. Neer fought Gleison Tibau as a late replacement for injured Sean Sherk at UFC 104 on October 24, 2009 and lost the fight due to a unanimous decision. Neer was subsequently released from the UFC with a record of 2–3 since his return to the organization.[2]

Post-UFC[edit]

In his first fight following his latest UFC release, Neer defeated Matt Delanoit by TKO at MAX Fights DM Ballroom Brawl IV in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 8. He followed up with another win at Shark Fights 8, winning the Interim Welterweight Championship, which he also successfully defended once.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

At Bellator 17, Neer was defeated by Bellator Middleweight Champion Eddie Alvarez via rear naked choke at 2:08 in the second round. Alvarez gained control of Neer's back in the standing position. Neer refused to tap, and was rendered unconscious as a result.

UFC return[edit]

Neer returned to the UFC to defeat Keith Wisniewski by TKO (cut) at the end of the second round on October 1, 2011 at UFC on Versus 6.[3]

Neer next faced Duane Ludwig on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.[4] Despite being hurt on several occasions via Ludwig's punches, Neer persevered and won the fight via technical submission in the first round.

Neer faced Mike Pyle on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3.[5] Pyle defeated Neer via first round knockout.

Neer fought Justin Edwards on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[6] He lost the fight via guillotine choke 45 seconds into the first round.

Neer faced Ultimate Fighter Season 11 winner Court McGee on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[7] Neer lost the bout via unanimous decision. He was subsequently released from the UFC again after his loss to McGee.[8]

Independent Circuit[edit]

On December 14, 2013, Neer faced UFC veteran Anthony Smith at VFC 41. Neer won via submission (rear-naked choke).[9] Neer then faced Ron Jackson at MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow on June 27, 2014. He won the fight via first round TKO.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Neer has a daughter. Before he was fighting professionally, Neer worked in construction.[11]

On New Year's Eve 2008 Neer was involved in a high-speed chase with law enforcement in Davenport, Iowa after reportedly hitting a squad car before fleeing the scene. The chase lasted for 20 miles during which Neer reportedly hit speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour before blowing out a tire due to spike strips placed by police. He faced charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, eluding police, hit-and-run, and various other traffic violations. He pled guilty to two charges and did not receive jail time but instead received a suspended sentence.[12][13][14]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Shark Fights
    • Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • Victory Fighting Championship
    • VFC Welterweight Championship (One time, current)
  • Xtreme Kage Kombat
    • XKK Welterweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 36–13–1 Travis Coyle Submission (armbar) VFC 43 August 2, 2014 1 N/A Ralston, Nebraska, United States Won the VFC Welterweight Championship.[15]
Win 35–13–1 Ron Jackson TKO (punches) MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow June 27, 2014 1 4:20 Des Moines, Iowa, United States 180 lb Catchweight bout.
Win 34–13–1 Anthony Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) VFC 41 December 14, 2013 3 3:48 Ralston, Nebraska, United States
Loss 33–13–1 Court McGee Decision (unanimous) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 33–12–1 Justin Edwards Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot October 5, 2012 1 0:45 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 33–11–1 Mike Pyle KO (punch) UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall June 8, 2012 1 4:56 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 33–10–1 Duane Ludwig Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 1 3:04 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 32–10–1 Keith Wisniewski TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson October 1, 2011 2 5:00 Washington D.C., United States
Win 31–10–1 Blas Avena TKO (punches & elbows) Superior Cage Combat 2 August 20, 2011 1 2:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight bout
Win 30–10–1 Jesse Juarez TKO (doctor stoppage) Shark Fights 16 June 25, 2011 1 4:57 Odessa, Texas, United States Defended Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Championship
Win 29–10–1 Andre Kase TKO (punches) WWFC 2: Neer vs. Kase April 9, 2011 1 0:20 Clive, Iowa, United States
Win 28–10–1 Jesse Finney Submission (guillotine choke) Fight Me MMA 1: The Battle Begins August 14, 2010 1 4:09 St. Louis, Missouri, United States 175 Ib Catchweight bout
Loss 27–10–1 Eddie Alvarez Technical Submission (standing rear-naked choke) Bellator 17 May 6, 2010 2 2:08 Boston, Massachusetts, United States 160 lb Catchweight bout
Win 27–9–1 Anselmo Martinez Submission (rear-naked choke) Shark Fights 8 February 5, 2010 1 3:05 Lubbock, Texas, United States Won Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Championship
Win 26–9–1 Matt Delanoit KO (punches) Max Fights DM: Ballroom Brawl 4 January 8, 2010 1 3:48 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 25–9–1 Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) UFC 104 October 24, 2009 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States 157 lb Catchweight bout
Loss 25–8–1 Kurt Pellegrino Decision (unanimous) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 25–7–1 Mac Danzig Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens February 7, 2009 2 3:36 Tampa, Florida, United States Fight of the Night
Loss 24–7–1 Nate Diaz Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer September 17, 2008 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Fight of the Night
Win 24–6–1 Din Thomas Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon April 2, 2008 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 23–6–1 Nick Sorg Submission (armbar) C3: Smokey Mountain Showdown October 27, 2007 1 2:16 Cherokee, North Carolina, United States
Win 22–6–1 Paul Rodriguez TKO (punches) Greensparks: Full Contact Fighting 5 July 27, 2007 1 1:39 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 21–6–1 Mark Miller KO (punch) IFL: Chicago May 19, 2007 1 0:54 Chicago, Illinois, United States Lightweight bout
Win 21–5–1 Tyson Burris Submission (punches) FSG: Coliseum Carnage April 8, 2007 1 2:31 Ames, Iowa, United States
Win 20–5–1 Mark Gearhart TKO (punches) Greensparks: Full Contact Fighting 3 March 17, 2007 1 0:21 Iowa, United States
Win 19–5–1 TJ Waldburger TKO (punches) IFC: Road to Global Domination March 4, 2007 1 0:24 Belton, Texas, United States
Win 18–5–1 Wayne Hajicek Submission (punches) MCC 5: Thanksgiving Throwdown November 22, 2006 1 2:30 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 17–5–1 Nick Diaz Submission (kimura) UFC 62 August 26, 2006 3 1:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–4–1 Josh Burkman Decision (unanimous) UFC 61 July 8, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–3–1 Joe Stevenson Decision (unanimous) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 April 6, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–3–1 Melvin Guillard Submission (triangle choke) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 January 16, 2006 1 4:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night
Win 15–3–1 Alex Carter TKO (punches) XKK: Des Moines November 23, 2005 1 3:43 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 14–3–1 Nick Thompson Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 64 October 15, 2005 2 2:19 Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win 14–2–1 Forrest Petz Submission (triangle choke) FFC 15: Fiesta Las Vegas September 14, 2005 1 3:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–2–1 Drew Fickett Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 1 1:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–1–1 Todd Kiser Submission (punches) Extreme Challenge 62 June 18, 2005 1 1:41 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 12–1–1 Mark Long KO (punch) XKK: Des Moines May 20, 2005 1 0:54 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 11–1–1 Jay Jack Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 61 April 22, 2005 3 5:00 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 10–1–1 Derrick Noble Submission (triangle choke) XKK: Des Moines March 19, 2005 1 3:22 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 9–1–1 Terrance Reasby TKO (punches) Downtown Destruction 2 February 2, 2005 2 0:52 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 8–1–1 Mark Bear KO (knees) VFC 8: Fallout November 27, 2004 3 3:40 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 7–1–1 David Gardner TKO (punches) XKK: Des Moines October 30, 2004 1 1:55 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1–1 Anthony Macias TKO (punches) FFC 11: Explosion September 10, 2004 1 0:41 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 5–1–1 Fred Leavy TKO (punches) Xtreme Kage Kombat August 7, 2004 1 3:44 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 4–1–1 Kyle Jensen Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 57 May 6, 2004 3 1:04 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 3–1–1 Spencer Fisher Decision (split) VFC 7: Showdown March 6, 2004 5 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0–1 Joe Chacon Decision (unanimous) XKK: Clash in Curtiss 4 February 7, 2004 3 3:00 Curtiss, Wisconsin, United States
Draw 2–0–1 Joe Jordan Draw AFA: Judgment Night January 17, 2004 3 3:00 Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States
Win 2–0 Royce Louck TKO (punches) Absolute Ada Fights 4 September 13, 2003 1 1:43 Ada, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Josh Kennedy KO (slam) Gladiators 20 March 15, 2003 1 3:41 Des Moines, Iowa, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fightmagazine.com/mma/josh-neer-the-dentist-is-in-672/
  2. ^ Exclusive: Josh Neer released by UFC
  3. ^ "Josh Neer vs. Keith Wisniewski targeted for UFC on Versus 6 on Oct. 1". mmajunkie.com. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  4. ^ "FX airs first UFC event in January with Neer vs. Ludwig". MMAJunkie.com. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mike Pyle: I'm fighting Josh Neer at UFC on FX 3 on June 8". mmamania.com. March 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Neer-Edwards added to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ariel Helwani (December 13, 2012). "Court McGee drops to welterweight, scheduled to fight Josh Neer at UFC 157". MMAFighting.com. 
  8. ^ "UFC cuts continue with Josh Neer, Brock Jardine, Caros Fodor, Jon Manley let go". mmajunkie.com. March 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "VFC 41 Results: Roberts Ekes Past Davis, Neer Submits Smith". themmacorner.com. December 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Beyond the Octagon: UFC vet Josh Neer, Valentijn Overeem top light weekend in the regionals". bloodyelbow.com. July 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Josh Neer – Welcome to the Dentist's Office". UFC.com. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  12. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2009/01/01/josh-neer-arrested-in-iowa-after-new-years-eve-high-speed-police-chase/
  13. ^ http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2009/01/02/ufc-lightweight-josh-neer-arrested-on-charges-of-dui-eluding-police/
  14. ^ http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2009/07/ufcs-josh-neer-gets-suspended-seven-year-sentence-for-january-arrest-travel-not-restricted
  15. ^ "VFC 43: Neer vs. Coyle". tapology.com. August 2, 2014. 

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