Bellator 129: A Detailed Recap of Bradley’s Triumph and Other Key Fights

Bellator 129, held on October 17, 2014, at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was a night of intense action and unexpected outcomes. The event was headlined by the welterweight bout between Paul Bradley and Josh Neer, two former training buddies who put on a three-round spectacle.

Bradley vs. Neer: A Battle of Wills

The main event of the evening was a three-round welterweight bout between Josh Neer and Paul Bradley. Bradley, who was initially considered the underdog, emerged victorious via unanimous decision. This marked Bradley’s second victory in the Bellator arena, improving his career record to 22-6.

Bradley’s strategy was a wrestling-heavy game plan, which he executed to perfection. Despite Neer’s experience and finishing ability, Bradley’s superior wrestling skills allowed him to control the fight and secure enough takedowns to win the judges’ favor.

Other Notable Fights

The co-main event of the evening was a heavyweight bout between Houston Alexander and Virgil Zwicker. Known for his striking, Alexander showcased some solid takedowns in the first round. However, a headbutt to Zwicker halted the action and led to a point deduction for Alexander. Despite his top control and wrestling, the point deduction cost Alexander the win, resulting in a majority draw.

Andre Santos made his Bellator debut against James Terry in a welterweight bout. Santos came out furiously in Round 3, looking for the knockout. Although he didn’t achieve it, he had Terry on the ropes, and a late takedown didn’t change the outcome. Santos won via unanimous decision, improving his career record to 38-9.

Joe Vedepo faced Davin Clark in a middleweight bout. Vedepo used superior grappling to earn a TKO over Clark in the third round.

Preliminary Card Highlights

The preliminary card also featured some exciting fights. John DeVall, Eric Howser, and Michael McBride all won their respective bouts via first-round submission. Martin Brown secured a second-round knockout victory over Bryan Corley. Jozette Cotton, Anthony Smith, and Victor Moreno all won their fights via unanimous decision.

Conclusion

Bellator 129 was a night of thrilling fights and memorable moments. From Bradley’s strategic victory over Neer to the majority draw between Alexander and Zwicker, the event showcased the skill, strategy, and unpredictability that make MMA such a captivating sport. As we look back on this event, we are reminded of the passion and determination of these fighters, who put it all on the line in the Bellator cage.

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