Joshua Martin Neer (born March 24, 1983) is an American bare-knuckle boxer and former mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 2003 who last competed in 2016; he has also formerly competed for the UFC, Bellator, the Quad Cities Silverbacks of the IFL, and Shark Fights. Neer is the former Shark Fights Interim welterweight champion.
|Born||Joshua Martin Neer|
March 24, 1983
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
|Other names||The Dentist|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||183.8 lb (83.4 kg; 13.13 st)|
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Team||Miletich Martial Arts|
Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: September 29, 2009
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.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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 89–1 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 on to 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.
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 third 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.
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.
Neer next faced Duane Ludwig on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller. 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 Ultimate Fighter Season 11 winner Court McGee on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Neer lost the bout via unanimous decision. He was subsequently released from the UFC again after his loss to McGee.
On December 14, 2013, Neer faced former UFC veteran Anthony Smith at VFC 41. Neer won via submission (rear-naked choke). Neer then faced Ron Jackson at MCC 54: Grigsby vs. Morrow on June 27, 2014. He won the fight via first round TKO.
At Bellator 17, Neer was defeated by Bellator Lightweight 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.
Neer has a daughter. Before he was fighting professionally, Neer worked in construction.
On New Year's Eve 2008 Neer was involved in a high-speed chase with law enforcement in Des Moines, 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 pleaded guilty to two charges and did not receive jail time but instead received a suspended sentence.
Neer competed in a bare-knuckle boxing match at 200 lbs. for the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation on November 9, 2018. He won after his opponent retired two minutes into the third round.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Shark Fights
- Shark Fights Interim Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Victory Fighting Championship
- VFC Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Xtreme Kage Kombat
- XKK Welterweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|53 matches||36 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||36–16–1||Anthony Smith||TKO (elbows)||VFC 47||January 14, 2016||1||3:27||Omaha, Nebraska, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Loss||36–15–1||André Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 146||November 20, 2015||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||36–14–1||Paul Bradley||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 129||October 17, 2014||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||36–13–1||Travis Coyle||Submission (armbar)||VFC 43||August 2, 2014||1||1:37||Ralston, Nebraska, United States||Won the VFC Welterweight Championship.|
|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||175 lb Catchweight bout.|
|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|
|Win||30–10–1||Jesse Juarez||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Shark Fights 16: Neer vs. Juarez||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: Super Brawl||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||Lightweight debut.|
|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|
|Win||21–5–1||Tyson Burris||TKO (submission to 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||TKO (submission to 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: Liddell vs. Sobral||August 26, 2006||3||1:42||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||17–4–1||Josh Burkman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||July 8, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–3–1||Joe Stevenson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–3–1||Melvin Guillard||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 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||TKO (submission to 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|
Professional boxing recordEdit
|1 fight||1 win||0 losses|
|1||Win||1–0||Ron Krull||TKO||1 (4), 2:09||Dec 17, 2004||Clive, Iowa, U.S.|
Bare knuckle recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||1 win||0 losses|
|Win||1-0||Mike Alderete||TKO (retirement)||World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation||November 9, 2018||3||2:00||Casper, Wyoming, United States|
- Exclusive: Josh Neer released by UFC
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- "Mike Pyle: I'm fighting Josh Neer at UFC on FX 3 on June 8". mmamania.com. March 22, 2012.
- "Neer-Edwards added to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012.
- Ariel Helwani (December 13, 2012). "Court McGee drops to welterweight, scheduled to fight Josh Neer at UFC 157". MMAFighting.com.
- "UFC cuts continue with Josh Neer, Brock Jardine, Caros Fodor, Jon Manley let go". mmajunkie.com. March 30, 2013.
- "VFC 41 Results: Roberts Ekes Past Davis, Neer Submits Smith". themmacorner.com. December 14, 2013.
- "Beyond the Octagon: UFC vet Josh Neer, Valentijn Overeem top light weekend in the regionals". bloodyelbow.com. July 8, 2014.
- "Bellator 129 Headlined by Neer vs. Bradley". Archived from the original on 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
- Staff (June 9, 2015). "Josh Neer vs. Matt Secor added to Bellator 140". themmareport.com.
- "Josh Neer – Welcome to the Dentist's Office". UFC.com. 2009-08-05. Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
- "Josh Neer arrested in Iowa after New Years Eve high-speed police chase". January 2009.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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