The injury bug has struck again, but this it’s Bellator MMA that is feeling its effect.

On Sunday, Bellator officials announced an injury to James Thompson (20-14) has forced the ‘Colossus’ out of his scheduled Bellator 129 bout with UFC veteran Houston Alexander. Strikeforce veteran Virgil Zwicker has been named as Thompson’s replacement.

Alexander (16-10) is coming off a second round TKO victory over Matt Uhde at Bellator 117 in April. Prior to this win, fans saw ‘The Assasin’ drop a unanimous decision in his Bellator debut to fellow UFC veteran Vladmir Matsyushenko at Bellator 117 in April. He will enter this bout with 11 career knockouts.

Zwicker (12–4) is coming off a first-round submission loss to Linton Vassell at Bellator 122 in July. Prior to this loss, ‘Rezdog’ earned a first round knockout loss against Mike Hayes at KSW 25 in December 2013. He will enter this bout with nine career knockouts.

Bellator 129 is currently scheduled to take place at The Mid-America Center in Iowa on Friday, October 17. A welterweight matchup between Josh Neer and Paul Bradley will serve as the night’s main event.

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:


  • Bradley (21-6) vs. Josh Neer (34-13-1)
  • Virgil Zwicker (12–4) vs. Houston Alexander (16-10) [215-pound catchweight]
  • Andre Santos (36-9) vs. James Terry (14-7)
  • Joe Vedepo (16-8) vs. Davin Clark (5-1-2)


  • Chris Lane (14-11) vs. John DeVall (8-5)
  • Eric Howser (4-2) vs. Tim Bazer (14-16)
  • Michael McBride (6-1) vs. TBD
  • Martin Trey Brown (7-2) vs. Bryan Corley (2-1)
  • Holly Lawson (0-0) vs. Jozette Cotton (4-0)
  • Brian Green (30-19) vs. Anthony Smith (18-11)

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