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Josh Neer expects a classic against fellow veteran Mike Pyle

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.

Neer will look to continue that trend when he takes part on the main card this evening at UFC on FX 3 where he fights against Mike Pyle.

“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.”

A win over Pyle would elevate Neer, as Pyle’s only losses since 2010 have come at the hands of divisional contenders Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald.

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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