August 08, 2009
Josh Neer is a versatile fighter but he showed little of it by staying on his back for 13 of the 15 minutes against Kurt Pellegrino. The former New Jersey wrestling star took down Neer throughout the fight and switched between full and half guard. Neer was a little dangerous from the bottom in the first round with multiple submission attempts but it wasn't enough to steal a victory. Pellegrino, a plus-190 underdog, pulled the upset in Philadelphia to kick off the pay-per-view portion of UFC 101. Pellegrino (14-4, 6-3 UFC) won a unanimous decision (30-27 on all three cards).
Neer (25-8-1, 4-5 UFC) closed strong in the final minute when he escaped from the bottom. He landed a ton of elbows and actually busted open Pellegrino but by then it was too late.
This was a huge win for Pellegrino, who has often struggled mentally in the cage. He stuck to his gameplan and wasn 't suckered into a slugfest which would've favored Neer.
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