UFC On FX 3 Fight Card Primer: Mike Pyle Vs. Josh Neer

Mike Pyle poses after making weight at the UFC 133 weigh-ins at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Philadelphia, Pa. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

On the main card of Friday night's UFC on FX 3 show, veterans Mike Pyle (22-8-1; 5-3 UFC) and Josh Neer (33-10-1; 6-6 UFC) square off. This Welterweight fight is the second of four main card bouts. Pyle is currently ranked as the #22 Welterweight in the world according to our USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings, with Neer unranked. The main card airs live on FX Friday night at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

This is a fight that doesn't have a ton of divisional relevance, but presents an interesting clash of veterans. Both Neer and Pyle have been around the sport for a long time. With a combined 75 fights and 22 years of pro experience between them, they are two of the most traveled fighters currently in the UFC. They've both had a bit of a career resurgence as of late, so it will be interesting to see who keeps that going here.

How do these two stack up?

Pyle: 36 years old | 6'1" | 74" reach
Neer: 29 years old | 5'11" | 72" reach

What have these two done recently?

Pyle: W - Ricardo Funch (TKO) | L - Rory MacDonald (TKO) | W - Ricardo Almeida (UD)
Neer: W - Duane Ludwig (Sub) | W - Keith Wisniewski (TKO) | W - Blas Avena (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Mike "Quicksand" Pyle made his MMA debut in 1999, losing to Rampage Jackson in Rampage's own debut. He followed that up by defeating Jon Fitch in Fitch's debut, From 2002-2009, Pyle was a world traveller, fighting in a wide assortment of organizations, including winning the WEC Welterweight title. In 2009, he came to the UFC, and has fought in the Octagon ever since, going 3-1 in his last 4 with impressive wins over Ricardo Almeida and John Hathaway. A part of the team at Xtreme Couture, Pyle gets a lot of praise for his work in creating fight strategy, particularly for Forrest Griffin.

Josh "The Dentist" Neer is a pro since 2003. After starting his career with an impressive 13-1-1 record on the Midwest regional scene, Neer came to the UFC in 2005. He's been in and out of the organization since then, with nice wins coming over Mac Danzig and Joe Stevenson. He's currently riding a 6 fight win streak that includes his last 2 back in the Octagon. Neer is a very tough fighter who is not easy to finish, and has adopted more of a Diaz boxing style in recent years.

Why should you care?

Like I said, both of these veterans are having a resurgence lately, though I don't see either one making an impact in the upper ranks of the division. Neer typically brings the entertainment though, and with so much experience in the cage, this should be an interesting technical fight.

More UFC on FX 3 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

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UFC On FX 3 Staff Picks And Predictions - Tim Burke

UFC On FX 3: Scott Jorgensen Vs. Eddie Wineland Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC On FX 3: Fuel TV Preliminary Card Dissection (Part Two) - Dallas Winston

UFC On FX 3: Johnson Vs. McCall Betting Lines - Tim Burke

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 172: Charlie Brenneman, MMA Discussion - Matt Bishop

UFC Video: Ian McCall Vs. Demetrious Johnson Predictions From Flyweight Contenders Joseph Benavidez & John Dodson - Anton Tabuena

UFC Video: Demetrious Johnson Vs. Ian McCall Full Fight On UFC.Com - Nate Wilcox

UFC On FX 3: Facebook Preliminary Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC On FX 3: Demetrious Johnson 'This Time I Think I've Got My Mind In Check' - Steph Daniels

UFC On FX 3: Ian McCall On The Importance Of Mental Warfare - Steph Daniels

UFC On FX 3 Card: Johnson Vs. McCall - Tim Burke

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