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Waking Josh Neer

Josh Neer focuses on his fight against Kurt

Josh Neer focuses on his fight against Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 101. (Aug. 8, 2009) Credit: UFC Photo

Bestow a certain amount of nobility upon those fighters who refuse to tap out to a submission choke hold. It takes a significant amount of courage to essentially tell your opponent that they have to put you to sleep based on their own skills instead of you tapping out.

(There's some nobility in the arm snapping refusal to tap, but if you value personal, long-term health, there's some stupidity in it, too.)

As consumers of the sport of mixed martial arts, we see submissions frequently. What we rarely get to see is that exact moment when the fighter wakes up from his power nap. But thanks to excellent camera work and the production team's decision not to cut away, that's exactly what those looking closely enough saw Friday night at UFC on FX 5. Justin Edwards climbed up a standing Josh Neer like a squirrel running up a tree, and he brought Neer to the ground with an arm-in guillotine choke.

Several seconds later, Neer's lightweight body went limp and he was out.

Several seconds after that, Neer woke up with no recollection of what happened in the past 10 seconds. He looked confused and lost, and it was a fascinating glimpse into that part of the fight game.

"I have a lot of respect for Josh," Edwards said. "I know he baits people for guillotines and defends them well, but he never faced mine.  As soon as I had him locked in, I knew."

Neer, and fighters in the same situation, typically spend at least eight weeks preparing for this moment in the sun. Neer walked out to the cage Friday night, ready to work. He landed several punches and kicks. Next thing he knows, he doesn't know what happened between then and now.


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