As ten-time UFC veteran Josh Neer prepares for this weekend’s welterweight interim title bout set for “Shark Fights 8: Super Brawl” in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, February 5, “The Dentist” recently revealed during a conversation with FiveOuncesofPain.com that he will be approaching this newest challenge exactly like he would a UFC title fight.
“No, not really,” said Neer when asked whether or not there was more pressure to win on a somewhat smaller platform. “There are a lot of good guys out there that aren’t in big shows. I’ve trained with so many good guys from MFS that nobody has heard of, and they’re killers. We have guys in DSM that no one’s heard of, but they’re very good.”
While Neer told FiveOuncesofPain.com that he was undoubtedly caught off guard when recently released from the UFC in the middle of a four fight extension, the Miletich Fighting Systems trained fighter admitted that the recent dismissal has served as a real eye opener.
“During most fights, I just fight and whatever happens, happens,” said Neer. “I need to have more of a game plan and need to stick to that plan”
And that’s exactly what Josh plans to do this Friday night against the hard hitting Anselmo Martinez.
According to Neer, Martinez will be yet another stone he places in the road on his path back to his rightful home.
“I’m definitely focused on getting back to the UFC and will continue to fight for other promoters to get there,” said Neer.
With that being said, Neer went on to reveal to FiveOuncesofPain.com that he would absolutely consider fighting under the Strikeforce banner if the dollars made sense.
“Strikeforce is a good show,” said Neer. “They have good fighters and they pay pretty well too.”
In a sport where so often it’s athletes prefer to take the “I don’t care who I fight” approach, Neer walks his own path. If there was one man on this earth he would like to sort things out with the old fashioned way, Josh wants Batman, and we’re not talking Bruce Wayne.
“I want a rematch with [Kurt] Pellegrino,” said Neer. “He tricked me into thinking that he was going to stand with me. Next time, I will know better. I know that I can beat him.”
Neer wanted to thank Shark Fights, Hitman Fight Gear, and all of his training partners in Des Moines MMA.