Josh Neer has earned his way back to the UFC once again. | Photo: Paul Hernandez
When the UFC heads to the nation's capital, there will be two returning welterweights in tow.
Well-traveled 170-pounders Josh Neer and Keith Wisniewski will square off in a preliminary contest on the Oct. 1 UFC Live 6 bill, which takes place at the Verizon Center. The event's main card, headlined by a UFC bantamweight clash between champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Demetrious Johnson, will be broadcast live on Versus.
MMAJunkie first reported the matchup on Tuesday. Sherdog.com corroborated the bout with sources close to the bout.
Neer, 28, has won six of his last seven bouts since being released from UFC employ in late 2009, with all six wins have come by way of stoppage. The Des Moines, Iowa, native most recently steamrolled WEC veteran Blas Avena on Aug. 20 at Superior Cage Combat 2, earning a first-round stoppage.
The 29-year-old Wisniewski has fought just once in the Octagon, losing a welterweight contest to Nick Thompson at UFC 56 in November 2005. Over the last three years, "The Polish Connection" has won six straight, including wins over UFC veterans Pete Spratt and Chris Wilson.