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Diaz, Alexander Booked for UFC Fight Night 14


(Photo courtesy of myspace.com/nathandiazmma.)

The UFC’s next “Fight Night” card on SpikeTV will reportedly go down September 17th at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska, and matchups are beginning to be sorted out. TUF 5 winner and Stockton-repper Nate Diaz has agreed to fight Josh “The Dentist” Neer in a lightweight bout on the main card; Diaz has gone 4-0 in the UFC since his reality show stint, including a legendary no-hands triangle choke victory over Kurt Pellegrino at UFN 13, while Neer (24-6-1, 3-3 UFC) last defeated Din Thomas by decision at the same event, and holds notable wins over Joe Stevenson and Melvin Guillard.

Omaha’s own Houston Alexander is also expected to appear, taking on Eric Schafer. The fight marks Schafer’s return to the Octagon after picking up a couple of wins in the Gladiators Fighting Series organization; he’d previously dropped two in a row to Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar. A middleweight fight between Ed Herman and Alan Belcher has been rumored as well.

In other UFC news…

Dana White has denied that his mind-blowing announcement is related to New York MMA regulation. Epic Fail averted, for now.

BloodyElbow is floating a rumor that Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami could fight in October, at the UFC’s next U.K. show. We’d rather see the Spider in a light-heavyweight super-fight, but sure, why not, clean out the division once and for all.

— French welterweight David Baron has reportedly signed with the UFC. Baron is the former 168-pound champion of Shooto Europe who most recently pulled off a huge upset at Shooto Tradition 1 by submitting Hayato Sakurai in the first round.

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BIG CHRIS- June 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm
Nick is a great fighter, I think he is going to get tested by Neer but he will come out with a victory....This should be Houston's do or die fight....if he can't pull it off in front of his home town crowd IMO he will be let go by the UFC....

If silva isn't moving up or down in wieght to get another belt who cares who he's fighting...
shitwhistle- June 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Diaz is from Stockton? I had no idea...

Dude's punches remind me of Monty Burns. He doesn't have his brother's hands, for sure. He just gets pounded on till he can sneak a sub in somewhere. Neer's tough. This is a good chance to prove his mettle.
Also, I think Nate's brother submitted Neer awhile back, for whatever that's worth (nothing).
Sam- June 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm
Do we really need to see Ed herman again.......
Jeff- June 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm
*phew* I'm glad Dana's announcement wasn't the NY law, but I'm pissed about that law not passing. I live in central New York and would go see a live event without a second thought if it was less than 2 hours away.
Nick- June 11, 2008 at 2:18 pm
I hope Nate gets his face pounded in.
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