A “much smarter” Josh Neer returns to the UFC in October against Keith Wisniewski

Josh Neer gets his hand raised quickly at Superior Cage Combat 2. Next stop: UFC. Photo by Kristyn Adamakis for ProMMAnow.com

Josh Neer (31-10-1) just wrote the textbook on what to do if you get cut from the UFC; go out fight good competition, put on good performances and win.

Neer will make his return to the Octagon on Oct. 1 at UFC on Versus 6 in Washington, D.C., when he takes on 13-year veteran of the sport Keith Wisniewski (28-12-1).

Upon being released from the UFC in 2009 after two straight losses, Neer put together back-to-back wins and picked up the Shark Fights interim welterweight title in the process.

In May 2010 he suffered a second round technical submission loss to Bellator 155-pound champ Eddie Alvarez in a 160-pound catchweight non-title bout.

Following the loss, Neer bounced back three months later to score a first round submission win over local St. Louis hero and Strikeforce veteran Jessse Finney.

Starting in April 2011, Neer scored first round TKO wins over three straight opponents, including his victory over Blas Avena at Superior Cage Combat 2 last weekend.

Then news broke Tuesday that Neer had signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.

Neer’s manager, Mickey Dubberly, spoke exclusively to ProMMAnow.com¬†(www.prommanow.com) about the news:

“Very happy that the UFC has re-signed Josh, and I think Josh has worked very hard to get back in the UFC. I have managed Josh for a long time , and I have never seen him so focused . He has that fire and desire back.

“Josh has really worked hard on the things he needed to improve on. He is 6-0 since moving to 170 with all his fights ending in the first round. I think Keith is great fight for Josh. Anytime Josh is fighting you can expect a exciting fight.

“Josh has really worked on his take down defense, and has become a much smarter fighter.¬†Everyone knocks Josh’s take down defense, but he actually has great take down defense he just wouldn’t use it because he felt so comfortable with his jiu jitsu off his back.

“When he faced two-time NAIA champ Jesse Juarez recently Jesse had a hard time taking Josh down, and Josh actually took him down.When fighters realize they cant take Josh down it’s going to make them change their game plan.”

In our post-fight interview with Neer last weekend, Neer talked about many of those same things, including how he has been working on his wrestling, his takedown defense and his preference to fight at 170.

Although he is only 29-years-old, Wisniewski has been fighting professionally since 1998. He made his lone UFC appearance in 2005, losing a unanimous decision to Nick “The Goat” Thompson at UFC 56.

Wisniewski is currently riding a six fight win streak, most recently defeating UFC veteran Chris Wilson via unanimous decision at “HFC 7: Validation” in Indiana in April.

UFC on Versus 6 will be headlined with a bantamweight title fight with Dominick Cruz defending his title against Demetrious Johnson. For the full UFC on Versus 6 line-up as it stands see our Upcoming Events page.

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