Time to see The Dentist (Josh Neer) - Photo: uproxx.com
UFC Fight Night 15 – Omaha (Neb.) Civic Auditorium - Sept. 17, 2008
Nate Diaz scored a split decision over Josh “The Dentist” Neer at UFC’s first show in Nebraska.
The judges ruled the bout 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 in Diaz’s favor. Insert “he won by the skin of his teeth” joke here.
Still, it was the fifth win in as many UFC fights for Diaz, a former WEC lightweight champion.
Neer is nicknamed "The Dentist" for his "tendency to re-arrange his opponents' teeth," according to the UFC Encyclopedia.
Spike TV presented the fight card as a lead-in to the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, featuring teams coached by Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
In the co-main event, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida defeated TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig by unanimous decision in another lightweight bout.
Alan “The Talent” Belcher defeated Ed “Short Fuse” Herman by unanimous decision.
In the Spike TV opener, Eric Schafer beat Houston Alexander by submission to an arm-triangle choke with seven seconds left in Round 1.
Alessio Sakara walloped Joe Vedepo with a head kick to score a knockout win at the 1:27 mark. Wilson Gouveia used an armbar to beat Ryan Jensen by submission in Round 2.
Mike “The Master of Disaster” Massenzio made a successful UFC debut, beating Drew McFedries by submission to a kimura in 1:28;
In other preliminary fights:
- · Dan Miller beat Rob Kimmons with a rear naked choke at the 1:27 mark;
- · Jason Brilz beat Brad Morris by TKO in Round 2; and
- · Joe Lauzon defeated Kyle Bradley, also by TKO in Round 2.