Josh Neer has fought six times since a loss to Eddie Alvarez in 2010 and had his hand raised in each instance. Since returning to the UFC last year, Neer has toppled both Keith Wisniewski and Duane Ludwig. Of his 33 career wins, 17 have come via knockout and another dozen by submission.
“Mike’s a veteran. I think he’s pretty good at everything,” said Neer in a recent pre-fight interview with the UFC. “But that’s what I am (a veteran), so I think it’s going to be a good fight.”
Neer believes his advantage comes in the stand-up game, as Pyle has earned just three KO victories in his career. In contrast, Pyle does have 16 submission victories and has won four of his past five overall.
“He seems a little bit uncomfortable on the feet,” Neer said. “He’s good on the ground, decent on the feet, but I definitely feel like I have the striking advantage.”
UFC on FX 3 starts this afternoon at 5:00 PM EST on Facebook with FX hosting the bout between Neer-Pyle a few hours later. The event will feature a semifinal scrap in the UFC flyweight tournament between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall in the evening’s headliner.
Check out the full interview below:
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