A pair of welterweight veterans were in action at tonight's (Fri., June 8, 2012) UFC on FX 3: "Johnson vs. McCall" event in Sunrise, Florida, as Josh Neer looked to continue his sudden resurgence on the scene against the always game Mike Pyle.
Neer came in having won both of his fights back inside the Octagon since returning last year with two impressive stoppage wins. Standing in the way of his sixth win in a row was Pyle, a 36-year-old looking for one last run.
This was one hell of a way to start it.
Pyle worked his wrestling early, hoping to avoid exchanging punches with the heavy handed Neer. We saw why late in the opening frame when Neer started landing hard shots that had Pyle on shaky legs. But "The Dentist" left his chin out there and "Quicksand" found it with a short right hand, the result of which was a face plant knockout.
Neer was head hunting early, standing flat on his feet and walking Pyle down while attempting to unload the big right hand. This resulted in a quick takedown from Pyle, where he worked from top position for the next few minutes. Neer threatened with a leglock but was never anywhere close to completing it.
After a long enough time, Neer managed to work back to his feet. He worked a single leg but couldn't get a takedown on it and they reset standing.
Neer finally started to find some success, hitting Pyle hard enough that he was wobbly. But Pyle kept his wits about him and when he saw his opponent coming in hard with his chin in the air, he unleashed a short right hand that put him to sleep.
One punch, say good night.