Heading into Friday’s Bellator, longtime welterweight veteran Josh Neer is riding a three-fight winning streak and is performing again at a level that had seen him take multiple Fight of the Night honors in the UFC.
Looking back on his last three bouts, Neer feels that his success has been the result of multiple factors.
“I feel like my fights right now are just a combination of hitting my groove and all my coaching has come together and I’ve had some really good training camps,” said Neer. “All my coaches have really helped me out in all areas and it’s just coming together.
“Right now, I am motivated to get in there and do damage.”
After having his last few fights on a smaller scale, Neer is excited to step up to the bigger stage of Bellator.
“I think Bellator is picking up steam,” Neer told MMAWeekly.com. “They’re a good show and it’s exciting to get in there and get on a main card fight and be seen by a lot of people instead of a local show that’s not on TV.”
Neer is also excited to fight near his hometown, where he always performs well.
“This fight is in Council Bluffs, which is right across the river from Omaha, and I always feel like all my best fights have come in Omaha,” he said. “I don’t know what it is about the crowd, but I always do well here and always put on a good performance. It’s definitely motivating here to fight close to home.”
Neer (36-13-1) will be making his return to Bellator after four years away on Friday against Paul Bradley (21-6, 1NC) in the evening’s welterweight main event.
“Paul is obviously a good wrestler – he was a two-time All-American at Iowa – so if you look at it on paper, he’s going to try to take me down,” said Neer. “I’ve got to stuff his shot and try to end up in top position or try to end it on the feet as quick as possible.”
Having rebuilt his career after a disappointing UFC run a couple years ago, Neer is looking forward to making a move in Bellator, starting with Friday’s fight against Bradley.
“We’re main event, so I feel like this win is going to put me up against one of the top guys in Bellator and move me on up the ladder as far as a title shot,” said Neer.
“You want to have the promotion behind you. They’re going to push certain fighters more than fighters who are not exciting, so I want to go in there and not fight a different way – because I always fight with an exciting style – but get the win so I can move up.”