Former UFC fighter Josh Neer garnered controversy after he posted a video to YouTube of him severely beating up a man at his gym.
The video shows the man being elbowed and punched repeatedly, before Neer delivered a final brutal kick to his head and the two were separated. After the clip was posted, Neer released a statement that explained what led he and the man, later identified at Patrick Martin, to fight in the first place.
"Basically the guys a dumbass and been talking s**t about MMA fighters for a month," Neer wrote in a statement to Bloody Elbow. "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 provided screenshots of the conversation between he and Martin prior to the arranged brawl.
Neer said that the reason he posted the video, which was later removed from YouTube, was to get Martin to "shut up" and stop messaging him, which he continued to do after the fight.
Neer, 31, was released from the UFC in 2013.
Watch the brutal fight below.