On Friday, October 17th Bellator MMA will hold Bellator 129: Bradley vs. Neer from the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

In the main event of the evening longtime veteran Josh Neer makes his return to Bellator to face Paul Bradley in a welterweight tilt. Neer is most known for his multiple runs inside the UFC, but he has made one appearance in the Bellator cage years ago when he lost to Eddie Alvarez. Neer is currently riding a three fight winning streak and is returning to big time MMA since his release from the UFC. Bradley is more comfortable in the Bellator cage and has fought for the promotion twice with one win and one loss. “The Gentleman” is a veteran of nearly thirty fights and has also had stints in both the UFC and Strikeforce.

In the co-main event, heavy puncher, Houston Alexander, takes on late replacement, Virgil Zwicker, in a catchweight bout at 215 pounds. Alexander has had mixed results in his first two Bellator fights. He dropped a decision to Vladimir Matyushenko, but rebounded with a TKO win over Matt Uhde in his most recent outing. This fight was supposed to be Alexander’s first at heavyweight against James Thompson. Thompson had to pull out due to an injury and the fight was changed to a catchweight with Zwicker stepping in. Zwicker has twelve victories on his resume including a TKO win over Ovince St.Preux. He will be looking to rebound in this one since losing to the next light heavyweight title challenger, Linton Vassell.

The four fight main card will air live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET with the preliminary fights airing on Spike.com starting at 6 p.m. ET.

Main Card Summary

In the opening bout of the night Alliance MMA’s Joe Vedepo utilized constant pressure and a suffocating top game to grind Davin Clark down; eventually putting him away in the third round with ground and pound. Vedepo has now rattled of three straight victories in the Bellator cage. Vedepo looks like a fighter who is really putting it all together and with three straight win he is closing in on a potential title shot.

The second night of the night featured at welterweight clash between Bellator newcomer Andre Santos and former Division I wrestler James Terry. Both men battled back and forth for all three rounds in a closely contested fight that primarily took place on the feet. Santos had some success with his unorthodox varied striking attack while Terry continually pushed forward and pressed the action. When the cards were read though it was Santos who took home the unanimous decision victory.

In the co-main event of the evening Houston Alexander and Virgil Zwicker took the center of the cage immediately but in a surprise move Alexander took the fight to the ground where he kept constant pressure on Zwicker for the majority of the first round.

The second round began with both fighters breathy heavy; Zwicker looked very exhausted. But both men took the center of the cage and looked to land bombs before Alexander took the fight to the ground again. Alexander wasn’t able to do much and Zwicker was able to battle back up to his feet where he landed a brutal knee before the end of the round.

The third again began with Alexander pushing for the takedown but once he established top position he headbutted Zwicker which resulted in a referee’s time out and a one point deduction from Alexander. When the action restared Alexander was able to power Zwicker to his back after trading some shots on the feet. From there Alexander was able to control Zwicker and land some ground and pound but it wasn’t enough to over come the point deduction; the bout ended in a disappointing majority draw.

The main event between savvy veteran welterweights Josh Neer and Paul Bradley started with both men taking the center of the cage and Bradley was able to secure a takedown early in the first round. While Neer was able to maintain his guard for the majority of the round Bradley did land some effective ground and pound.

The second round started with Bradley again driving for an early takedown and establishing top position. Neer showed his frustration early and often but Bradley stayed busy with ground and pound. Bradley’s top game through the second round was simply too much for Neer to handle.

The third round started with both men taking the center of the cage looking to strike but as soon as Neer began to stalk him Bradley brought the fight to the ground. Neer had no answer for the top game of Bradley as Bradley just suffocated him with pressure and ground and pound en route to a unanimous decision victory.


Paul Bradley def. Josh Neer via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Houston Alexander and Virgil Zwicker fight to a Majority Draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Andre Santos def. James Terry via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Joe Vedepo def. Davin Clark via TKO (punches) at 2:27 of the third round

John DeVall def. Chris Lane via Submission (triangle choke) at 4:40 of the first round

Eric Howser def. Tim Bazer via Submission (due to strikes) at 4:11 of the first round

Michael McBride def. Kevin Morris via Submission (rear naked choke) at 4:32 of the first round

Martin Brown def. Bryan Corley via KO (punches) at :42 of the second round

Jozette Cotton def. Holly Lawson via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Anthony Smith def. Brian Green via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Victor Moreno def. Marcos Marquez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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