by MMAWeekly.com Staff
It definitely wasn’t an easy crowd for Josh Neer to step in front of last night as he took on St. Louis native Jesse Finney in his hometown, but the former UFC fighter didn’t flinch as he locked up a fight ending guillotine choke in the first round to pick up a win in the Fight Me main event Saturday night.
Neer controlled every aspect of the fight against the previously unbeaten Finney, who had no answers for the “Dentist” taking him down, taking the mount, and eventually ending the fight with a submission.
“I wanted to take him down,” Neer said. “My guys kept telling me, ‘Let’s take him down and beat him up’ and that’s what I did.”
The win puts Neer back on track after suffering a loss to Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in his last fight. For Finney it means the first loss on the record for the Strikeforce veteran who drops to 6-1 overall in his career.
Veteran fighter Brendan Seguin picked up his third win in a row on Saturday night in the co-main event on the card as he defeated Lucas Lopes. Seguin punished his opponent’s legs with low kicks throughout the first round, and Lopes sustained an injury to his shin and the damage was severe enough that he couldn’t answer the bell for the second round.
FULL RESULTS FOR FIGHT ME: THE BATTLE BEGINS
Josh Neer def. Jesse Finney by submission (guillotine choke), R1
Brendan Seguin def. Lucas Lopes by submission (strikes) at 5:00, R1
Kiko France def. Cale Yarbrough by submission (arm-triangle choke), R2
Chuck Parmelee def. Rocky Vercher by submission, R2
Darryl Cobb def. Sean Huffman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brian Green def. Booker DeRousse by submission (heel hook), R1
Luke Gwaltney def. Jimmy Donahue by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lance Benoist def. Cleburn Walker by KO (kick), R1
Abel Trujillo def. Dave Cochran by KO (punches), R1
Josh Sampo def. Eric Acuna