Thackerville, OK: Santos toughed through a difficult start to earn a competitive decision over Josh “The Dentist” Neer at Bellator 146
Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef will take place November 20, 2015 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The event will air live in prime time on Spike TV.
Both fighters began the fight by attempting to land heavy punches, but Neer kept initiating a clinch and pushing the action against the cage. After repeating this process a few times, Santos landed a flurry of punches to break the clinch and went for a takedown. Neer, however, was able to end up on top and eventually move from half guard to mount. Santos gave up his back briefly, but soon stood back to his feet. Neer controlled the remainder of the round.
Neer was clearly the fresher man at the beginning of Round 2 as he pumped a jab on his way in for a single leg. He failed in the attempt, but Santos gave up a double leg shortly after and Neer took his opponent’s back again. Santos got back to his feet, but was still struggling with his cardio. Neer continued to land hard punches and use the clinch to back Santos up repeatedly. Santos finally found some effective offense of his own that had Neer reeling, but he let him off the hook with a takedown attempt.
Round 3 once again started with both men throwing until Neer went for another clinch and takedown. Santos defended it this time, though, and landed several hard shots in a flurry of punches. Neer survived, but was effected by the blows as he grabbed yet another clinch. Santos refusedd to give up on the takedowns and allowed Neer to get behind him and drag the bout to the mat. Neer attempted a rear naked choke, but couldn’t hold it and Santos escaped back to his feet Santos found a home for his right uppercut and kept peppering Neer as he advanced. Santos landed another good uppercut just before the final bell and ended the bout along the cage swinging.
This was an extremely competitive contest, but it was Andre Santos who took the unanimous decision with three scores of 29-28.
Santos moved to 38-10, while Josh “The Dentist” Neer fell to 36-15.