Former UFC Fighter Josh Neer Talks Bellator and Fighting Eddie Alvarez

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst IMay 6, 2010

If you haven’t been paying attention to Season Two of the Bellator Fighting Championships then you are really missing out.

Week in and week out, Bellator and their tournament format have been delivering top tier MMA action at a price fight fans can appreciate—FREE.

Now, not only are the semifinals set to get underway, but fans are going to get a chance to see Season One winner and Bellator lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez. He will be in action for the first time this season as he takes on tough as nails UFC veteran, Josh “The Dentist” Neer.

Neer may not be the best fighter in the world but he is, without question, one of the toughest men to ever set foot in a cage and that, combined with his well-rounded attack and his experience competing at the highest level, makes him a very dangerous opponent for anyone.

“Training has been really good. I feel great,” Neer told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. “I’ve trained really hard and I’m ready to fight.”

Bellator lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez is no push over though and Neer is going to be in for a hard night when he steps in the cage with a man who is widely considered to be one of the best lightweight fighters currently walking the planet.

“He’s a well rounded fighter. I haven’t done anything specifically for him, just trying to get better every day.

“I think his standup game is his strength. His ground game is alright too, but I think his biggest weapon is his standup.”

Even though Neer sees the standup as Alvarez’s strong point that doesn’t change what Neer is planning on doing at the Wang Theater in Boston, Mass.

“I’m not going in there to do one specific thing. I’m just going in there to fight,” Neer said when asked if he was planning on taking the fight to the ground. “If I have to take it to the ground then I’ll take it to the ground, but I’m planning on just standing up and trading with him.”

Regardless of whether or not this fight stays on the feet, fight fans are going to be treated to some great back and forth action. Something that Bellator has been able to deliver since they began their operation.

“Honestly, I never followed them until I took this fight,” Neer told Bleacher Report when asked his thoughts on the organization itself. “The last four weeks I’ve been watching their shows and I think that they do a real good job with their shows and I think that their organization is growing. They are definitely taking steps in the right direction.

“I like the idea of a tournament. That gives everyone a fair opportunity to see who the best guy is. It’s not just who’s the most marketable or whatever. To win the tournament you just have to be the best guy.”

On Thursday, May 6, we’ll get the opportunity to see just who the best is when Alvarez and Neer step into the cage with each other.

“I see myself either knocking him out or submitting him. If he wants to take it to the ground I’m going to submit him but if he wants to stand and bang I’m going to try and knock him out.”