will replace an injured Sean Sherk in a
lightweight bout against Gleison Tibau
at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, according to a source close
to the matchup.
Sherk, 36, suffered a shoulder injury in training that will keep
him out of the gym for approximately four weeks, according to his
manager Monte Cox. The injury is a setback for the former
lightweight champion, who is 1-1 in his last two Octagon
appearances since failing to recapture the crown from B.J. Penn at UFC
84 in May 2008.
Neer dropped a tough decision to Kurt
Pellegrino at UFC 101 in August and is 2-2 in his last four UFC
performances. The tough-as-nails Iowan submitted Mac Danzig in a
memorable tilt at UFC Fight Night 17 last February.
Tibau returns to action after a close split-decision loss to
Guillard at “The Ultimate Fighter 9” Finale in June. A wrestler
fighting out of Florida’s American Top Team, Tibau had defeated
Stephens and Rich Clementi
before dropping the bout to Guillard.