Josh Neer. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Miletich Fighting Systems product Josh Neer will replace injured former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk against Brazilian grappler Gleison Tibau on the main card of UFC 104, which will take place on October 24 in Los Angeles, California.
The change was officially announced today on UFC.com, which cites a separated shoulder suffered during a recent training session as the reasoning behind Sherk’s withdrawal. Sherdog.com first reported the news on Thursday.
Neer has gone 2-2 in UFC competition after fighting in smaller shows following his first stint with the promotion three years ago. Impressive wins over Mac Danzig and Din Thomas have been offset by disappointing losses to Nate Diaz, and most recently, Kurt Pellegrino.
Tibau will surprisingly enter the Octagon for the tenth time at UFC 104. His 5-4 UFC record includes victories over the likes of Rich Clementi, Jeremy Stephens, and Terry Etim. The American Top Team member last fought at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, dropping a split decision to Melvin Guillard.
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