I’ve noticed a lot of sites bashing Neer for this vicious beating, calling it a criminal assault in some cases. The details came out from Neer’s side of the story, claiming that this guy Patrick Martin was talking all types of trash on facebook, calling out Neer and other fighters in a very disrespectful way. Here’s Neer’s statement on the incident per his facebook account.
Basically the guys a dumbass and been talking shit about MMA fighters for a month. On and on, I usually ignore him but this Saturday he wrote me on Facebook the message i gave. He had written 10 messages to me talking shit which I ignored, but this time I said if you really want to fight come to the gym Monday at 5:30. I don’t know what his problem is but he’s a big guy, like 6-6 and 270 pounds and just acts like a bully. That what he seems like to me, just a bully. He showed up at 6:10, 40 mins into my practice. And then I asked him if he wanted to fight Rakim or me and Rakim is bigger then me so of course he chose me.
Neer also released some of the messaged he received from Martin (below)
You have to be a complete and utter fool to challenge a professional fighter. And picking Josh Neer of all people? wow… Either he didn’t know who Neer was, or he thought his size would give him a huge advantage – either way, it was a poor decision on his part (to say the least). Now people are saying Neer went too far, etc. Personally, I don’t think he did. This is a guy who’s 6’6″ 270 who promised to put Neer (5’11” 170) in the hospital. If this guy is trying to bully pro fighters, just imagine how he behaves toward regular guys walking down the street, or in a bar. He’s clearly a douchebag who got what he had coming to him. It could be argued that this should never have happened, which I agree with 100%. Meaning, don’t talk shit to pro fighters, and if you do, don’t actually challenge them to a fight, and if you do, don’t actually SHOW UP AT THE GYM!