Originally written June 07, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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Mike Pyle (22-8) vs. Josh Neer (33-10) In another fan-friendly welterweight affair, two well-traveled veterans will lock horns in an attempt to carve out their niche in the increasingly deep 170-pound category. The 36-year-old Pyle, a longtime representative of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, has won four of his last five bouts, including decisions over John Hathaway and Ricardo Almeida. Most recently, Pyle made short work of Ricardo Funch at UFC 142 in January. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, the Tennessee native is in the prime of his career. Pyle is finally putting all the elements of his repertoire together, utilizing wrestling, vastly improved muay thai and an always dangerous arsenal of submissions. The 29-year-old Neer is undefeated since moving to the welterweight division. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt himself, Neer showcased his submission wizardry this past January, choking out muay thai specialist Duane Ludwig. The Iowa-based Miletich Fighting Systems product put...
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