Bellator heads to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA, on Friday, October 17, 2014 for Bellator 129.

Originally, the evening’s co-main event was scheduled to feature a bout between UFC veteran, Houston Alexander, and Pride veteran, James Thompson, but Thompson was forced from the fight due to injury. Thompson has been replaced by Virgil Zwicker.

Alexander and Zwicker are very similar in their approach to fighting; both go in looking to knock their opponents out—which should make for a fan-friendly bout. Neither guy is going to be a threat to the Bellator title, but both bring an exciting style to the cage.

The ground game in this fight can be basically thrown out the window; Alexander and Zwicker don’t look to take fights to the ground, and it would be shocking to see either turn this bout into a grappling match.

That’s not to say that grappling will not play a role in this bout, though, as the clinch game is going to be pivotal for both men. Alexander has shown over the course of his career that he is dangerous in the clinch; his Thai plumb is violent. Zwicker can’t get into a close range battle with Alexander, so look for him to have to work from the outside.

Zwicker does have the better chin of the two and that will likely play to his advantage. Alexander is going to have a hard time finishing this fight. Alexander on the other hand has been knocked out five times in his career, and at 42, his chin isn’t getting any stronger. Zwicker has the power to put Alexander to sleep—he just can’t get sloppy and allow Alexander to get on the inside.

Even though Zwicker is taking this fight on short notice, he has all of the tools to come out on top. As long as he doesn’t allow Alexander to bait him into a brawl, Zwicker will be able to pick “The Assassin” apart from the outside, and he will put Alexander’s chin to the test.

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