Pete Williams is a wrestler-turned-mixed martial artist from the formative days of the pre-Zuffa UFC. Roger Neff is a huge dude that can deadlift over 700 pounds. Guess which one counts more in the cage? You guessed it! Actually knowing how to fight beats pure strength!
The two of them faced off back in 2000 and the results were absolutely disastrous for Neff. Check the video out here:
Both men go right to the center of the cage after the bell sounds and Williams starts throwing hands. Neff is clearly unsure what to do and ducks forward, which invites a Williams right hand. It lands behind the ear and he immediately flies backwards like. Williams goes in for ground and pound, but is stopped before getting the chance.
The official result was the fight ending by knockout in just six seconds.
In fairness to Neff, he wasn’t just a massive body builder. Neff had a 2-2 MMA record at that point and went on to compete in submission grappling matches around the world. In addition to Williams, Neff has competed against legitimate names like Jeff Monson, Paul Buentello and Ricardo Arona over the years…though he’s lost to each and every one of them.
Now, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to hype up how great Pete Williams was.
Williams is a legitimate MMA pioneer, with a career dating back to 1996. After a fun run in Japan, fighting for classic promotions Rings and Pancrase, he debuted in the UFC at UFC 17 and kicked out every tooth in former heavyewight champ Mark Coleman’s mouth.
This win over Neff is one of the most entertaining of his career, but there are plenty of other highlights worth seeing! Make sure to check him out on YouTube!
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