After a gutty and hard-fought win over Mac Danzig at UFC Fight Night 17: "Lauzon vs. Stephens" earlier this month, 25-year-old mixed martial arts veteran Josh Neer has inked a contract extension that will keep the lightweight dynamo with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for an additional four fights.
Since posting a 2-3 record in the UFC, "The Dentist" 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. He followed that up with a split decision loss to Nate Diaz, but not before earning "Fight of the Night" in their three-round war at UFC Fight Night 15 back in September.
Neer, who promises "Win, lose or draw I’m going to bring it," would go on to nab his second straight "Fight of the Night" against Danzig, which no doubt prompted the UFC to hold on to the gritty warrior for his efforts inside the cage and his ability to electrify the crowd with his aggressiveness.
There was some initial concern about Neer's future inside the Octagon after being arrested last month in Des Moines, Iowa, under suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), following a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Neer was also charged with eluding police and hit and run — he was accused of attempting to flee the scene of a two-car accident that he caused and leading local authorities on a 20 minute traffic chase.
Despite the charges, Neer promised the incident wouldn't affect his performance at Fight Night 17 ... and boy did he deliver. Now with the prospect of him fighting in a very deep and talented lightweight division, the fantasy match-ups can officially begin.
Special thanks to Chief Executive Officer of K.O. Dynasty Sports Management Mickey Dubberly for passing along the good news.