Josh Neer. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC lightweight Josh Neer was arrested early Thursday morning in Des Moines, Iowa after leading local police on a high-speed chase following an accident involving an officer’s vehicle. Neer is currently facing charges for hit-and-run, eluding police, and driving while intoxicated for the second time.
The incident brings back memories of former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s run from police earlier this year in California. Neer, a product of Miletich Fighting Systems, is currently slated to take on Mac Danzig at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7.
Neer’s management team, KO Dynasty Sports Management, has released an official statement on the matter via their official website:
We are still looking into the matter as a lot of the facts are still unclear. We back Josh 100% in resolving this issue as quickly as possible, and putting this matter behind us and moving forward.
I know Josh on a personal and business level, and he is a great person, fighter, and loving father. We apologize to Josh’s fans, family, friends, and the UFC while we have to deal with this incident. We are very grateful that the UFC has supported Josh through out his career and has given him the opportunity to be a co-main event.
In no way do we ever want to bring any negativity towards the UFC as they have been nothing but great to Josh. Josh is already looking forward to put this incident behind him, and is focusing on his fight with Mac Danzig.
We would hope everyone would reserve judgment until all the facts are known in a court of law instead of just going off of hearsay.
No further comments will be made until after the court hearing. Josh wants to thank his friends, fans, family, training partners, The UFC, and everyone that stands behind him for supporting him through his career.
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