Former UFC martial artist, Josh Neer, has faced some of the most terrifying and dangerous fighters in the world with an MMA career that includes 33 wins. So poking Josh Neer with a stick, talking smack, challenging Neer to a fight, and then texting him things like, “Lol you are a f**king joke! You will respect me though! And I hope we can be friends afterwards!” probably isn’t a good idea.
The brutal video evidence below supports this point.
The approximate 14 seconds of footage, which was reportedly originally posted on YouTube by Neer, according to Bloody Elbow, showcases the former UFC fighter atop a larger opponent in a gym setting, raining down vicious elbows to the man’s head and face. Some wicked punches to the face of the dazed or knocked out man are also landed by Josh Neer before some others rush on screen to stop the beating.
As Neer is pulled off, he throws in a last nasty kick to the guy’s face, a move not allowed in the UFC, but Josh Neer and his opponent apparently were not fighting under UFC rules.
Update: The video of the fight has since been removed from YouTube.
Particularly because of the final, not approved by the UFC, kick to the face, many comments on the video have been critical of Josh Neer. But what was behind the fight occurring and Josh Neer delivering the ferocious beating seems to make things more clear.
In a statement to Bloody Elbow, Josh Neer explains that the guy he beat up had been challenging him and bullying others, leaving a fighter like Neer little choice but to accept the challenge.
“Basically the guys a dumbass and been talking s**t about MMA fighters for a month. On and on, I usually ignore him but this Saturday he wrote me on Facebook the message i gave. He had written 10 messages to me talking s**t which I ignored, but this time I said if you really want to fight come to the gym Monday at 5:30… I don’t know what his problem is but he’s a big guy, like 6-6 and 270 pounds and just acts like a bully. That what he seems like to me, just a bully… He showed up at 6:10, 40 mins into my practice. And then I asked him if he wanted to fight Rakim or me and Rakim is bigger then me so of course he chose me.”
As evidenced in the footage, Josh Neer does indeed give the alleged bully a pounding, but without the context or details given by Neer that led up to the fight, many felt a UFC professional like Neer went too far, prompting Josh Neer to further explain his motives via Facebook.
“Ok I guess I have to defend myself since everyone’s talking crap. This fool has been talking crap about mma fighters for months. He’s 6’6 270 lbs so Im not gonna sit here and let this fool bully everyone. If he was my size I woulda just ignored it. Then he writes me on FB and I tell him if he wants to fight then show up at 530 at practice (40 mins after I was already practicing) so we fought. Hopefully he can learn a lesson and humble himself.”
But judging by some of the alleged gym-bully’s Facebook posts, Josh Neer hasn’t really humbled him much at all. Purpotedly there is more to the altercation than shown in the posted video, Josh Neer’s opponent claiming Neer came after him after the “round was over.”
“IF YOU BELIEVE THATS HOW THAT WENT DOWN THEN YOUR A DAMN FOOL THAT WAS 15 SECONDS AFTER THE ROUND WAS OVER AND I TOOK OUT MY MOUTH PIECE TO TO GO AROUND WITH THE NEXT GUY! WELL IF THATS WHAT HAPPEND WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!”
Not sure if that’s a good idea, but if the perceived bullying continues, Josh Neer may feel he again has very little choice but to confront the matter.
[Image and video via YouTube]