by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Despite an arrest in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, Josh Neer will still be competing on Feb. 7 at UFC Fight Night 17 against The Ultimate Fighter season 6 winner Mac Danzig at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
“Josh will be fighting Mac Danzig February 7 in the co-main event in Tampa as scheduled,” Mickey Dubberly, CEO of KO Dynasty Sports Management who represents Neer, informed MMAWeekly.com. “Josh has been training very hard for this fight, and is looking forward to putting on a great fight for the UFC and fans. Josh would like to once again thank his family, fans, friends, training partners, UFC, and everyone that has supported him through his career.”
Neer was arrested after a traffic incident where he allegedly fled the scene leading police on a high-speed chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. He was charged with a second-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and eluding while more than 25 miles-per-hour in excess of the speeding limit. He was released later that day after posting $7,000 bail, his bond was set at $2,000 for the operating while intoxicated charge and $5,000 for the charge of eluding.
Sporting a professional MMA record of 24-7-1, Neer last saw action at UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Neb., where he lost a split decision to Ultimate Fighter season five winner Nate Diaz. Neer and Diaz were awarded the UFC Fight Night 15 “Fight of the Night” award, which included a $30,000 bonus to each fighter.