By: Tim Mutohfan
Bellator 129 will be taking place at The Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa on October 17, 2014.
Josh Neer will be stepping inside the Bellator cage in what will be the 51st fight in his MMA career. The 11 year MMA veteran is no stranger to action fights as he has earned Fight of the Night honors 3 times with the UFC. Of his 36 career wins 32 of them have come via finish (18 by knockout, 14 by submission). Neer has the rare distinction of fighting both Nick and Nate Diaz in the UFC. “The Dentist” has fought his way to a record of 36 wins, 13 losses and 1 draw.
Paul Bradly the Division 1 Collegiate All-American Wrestler from the University of Iowa is fighting for the third time under the Bellator MMA banner. His debut was a successful one against Karl Amoussou at Bellator 104 in October 2013. Bradley was entered into the Bellator Season 10 Welterweight Tournament, but was defeated by Nathan Coy in the opening round at Bellator 112 in March of this year. Bradley is a 28 fight MMA veteran earning a record of 21-6 with 1 no contest.
A heavyweight “don’t blinker” between James Thompson and Houston Alexander has also been announced for Bellator 129.
Pride FC, Elite XC and Dream veteran James “The Colossus” Thompson returns to the Bellator cage for the second time this year. His first trip saw him defeating Eric Prindle via TKO at Bellator 121 in June. Thompson has worked his way to a 20-14 record with 1 no contest.
Houston Alexander is fighting under the Bellator banner for the 3rd time in his career. His last outing was victorious as he defeated Matt Uhde via TKO (doctor stoppage) at Bellator 117 in April; in his first fight with the promotion Alexander suffered a decision loss to Vladimir Matyushenko at Bellator 99 in September, 2013. Houston is known as a violent striker with brutal knees from the clinch, but his lacking a ground game has been one of the knocks against him. The 42 year old Alexander has had 28 MMA fights with a record of 16 wins, 10 losses and 2 no contests.
Bellator 129 Fight Card
Welterweight: Josh Neer vs. Paul Bradley
Heavyweight: Houston Alexander vs. James Thompson
Welterweight: James Terry vs. Andre Santos
Middleweight: Joe Vedepo vs. Davin Clark
Bantamweight: Chris Lane vs. John DeVall
Catchweight (150): Eric Howser vs. Tim Bazer
Catchweight (150): Martin Brown vs. Bryan Corley
Women’s Catchweight (152): Holly Lawson vs. Jozette Cotton
Middleweight: Brian Green vs. Anthony Smith
Welterweight: Marcos Marquez vs. Victor Moreno
Lightweight: Mike Estus vs. Ryan Shell