Josh “The Dentist” Neer has accomplished more in 31 years than some fighters do in a lifetime. In nearly 50 professional bouts, Neer has fought some of the best in the business and he has no plans to slow down.

The UFC veteran, who has had three separate stints with the Zuffa-owned promotion, has hopes of returning to the big stage. Although Neer wasn’t always victorious in the UFC’s Octagon, longtime fans of the sport would say his ability to perform is undeniable.

Since his most recent departure from the UFC, which came last year after he dropped his third straight UFC fight, Neer found success over UFC veteran Anthony Smith and Ron Jackson. On Aug. 2, he’s set to face Travis Coyle in the main event at Victory Fighting Championships 43.

Following his bout with VFC, Neer can think of some other fights he would be interested in.

“Joe Lauzon, because he’s an overrated bitch,” said Neer, not mincing words in an interview with The MMA Corner. “I also want a rematch with Josh Burkman because I feel like I’m much better now. Douglas Lima’s overrated, too. And Greg Jackson for talking like a dumb-ass in between rounds. I wanna fight a lot of guys…I guess I’ll start with Travis Coyle.”

Neer (Jade Kimmel/The MMA Corner)

Neer (Jade Kimmel/The MMA Corner)

With the state of affairs in the welterweight division in top fight promotions such as Bellator, World Series of Fighting and the UFC, Neer could arguably find a comfortable home anywhere.

So, where should he go?

If Bellator were to provide a platform for the eager welterweight, Neer could find himself in some exciting matches. Put him against fighters like Rick Hawn and Joe Riggs, and it’s guaranteed fireworks. Perhaps, one day, Neer will face the champion, Lima, and have a chance to show why he considers him to be “overrated.”

World Series of Fighting continues to develop its talent pool in the welterweight division. Most recently, the promotion signed veterans Jake Shields and Jon Fitch. Again, Neer would bring excitement to the division, whether it be a match-up with a fellow UFC veteran or a rematch against Burkman, the fans win.

As far as the UFC’s welterweight competitors, Neer matches up well with many currently signed fighters, including Zak Cummings, Sean Spencer and Neil Magny, to name a few.

However, a bout with Greg Jackson, head coach of Jackson’s MMA, is probably out of the question.

The possibilities are endless for the veteran mixed martial artist, but he’s not overly concerned about where his bouts take place.

“I’m happy fighting anywhere,” he said.

Neer credits his fight team at Roundkick Gym in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as Nate Diaz and his camp, for his preparation at Victory Fighting Championships. The confident veteran isn’t concerned about Coyle in the cage.

“I just hope he actually makes it to the fight.”

About The Author

Stacey Lynn
Staff Writer

Stacey Lynn was introduced to MMA in 2007. She stumbled upon training MMA after falling in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Stacey graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in October of 2012 and balances her work as an MMA writer with being a full time psychologist.