There's a solid lightweight match up looming between Mac Danzig (18-5-1) and Josh Neer (24-7-1) at UFC Fight Night 17 at a yet to be determined venue in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 7.
It's a 155-pound tilt that will make the televised Spike TV broadcast on fight night, according to a recent message from Danzig on his MySpace.com page.
Danzig -- season six welterweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) -- is coming off a frustrating unanimous decision loss to Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night 15 back in September. "The Carpenter's" relentless cardio and wrestling proved to be just to much for Danzig to overcome.
Prior to the loss he submitted Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Mark Bocek with a rear naked choke at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2" in April. He stopped Tommy Speer in similar fashion before that to earn the TUF crown nearly one year ago.
This will be the fourth fight for mixed martial arts veteran inside the Octagon. And it's not getting any easier with opponents like "The Dentist."
Neer is also looking to rebound from a loss at UFC Fight Night 15 -- he dropped a tight split decision to Nate Diaz in a fight that was awarded with "Fight of the Night."
A five-year veteran of the sport, Neer is no slouch on the ground or on his feet —- 10 of his wins have come via submission, with 10 more coming via (technical) knockout. After posting a 2-3 record in the UFC, Neer won six of seven fights outside the promotion before returning to the Octagon and defeating Din Thomas by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 13.
In addition to Thomas, Neer holds wins over UFC veterans Joe Stevenson, Melvin Guillard and Forrest Petz.
Stay tuned for more updates on UFC Fight Night 17 -- we are aware of several other bouts in the works, which should make for another solid event for the promotion on Spike TV.