Paul Bradley Shooting for More Than a Roster Spot; He Wants a Bellator Title Shot

October 17, 2014
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Admittedly in his last fight against Nathan Coy in March, Bellator welterweight Paul Bradley made a lot of mistakes, which cost him a win.

Prior to the bout Bradley overworked himself, and then in the fight itself, he went away from what he was supposed to do.

“For the Nathan Coy fight there was a lot going on,” said Bradley. “For one, I really didn’t follow the game plan we had set. I just went out there and threw caution to the wind instead of using my punches to set up my wrestling, (and instead) I went with my wrestling completely.

“There’s a fine line between peaking and overtraining, but honestly the last fight I kind of went over the line. I always wanted to train and get to that next session instead of letting my body rest.”

Bradley (21-6, 1NC) will look to rebound on Friday night in Council Bluffs, Iowa, when he takes on veteran Josh Neer (36-13-1) in a welterweight main event at Bellator 129.

“Against Josh, I’ve got to come forward and establish the center of the cage right away,” Bradley told “Josh is known for coming forward and bullying his opponents.

“I have to be ready for a high pace from him. I can’t sit back and react; I’ve got to start the offense. Sitting back and countering is not always favorable for me. I’m ready for a three-rounder if it comes to that, but I feel there’s different ways I can finish Josh.”

For his first fight under new Bellator management, Bradley knows he has to have a strong showing so he can solidify his position with the company.

“I don’t think Bellator would be giving me this opportunity if they didn’t believe in me or think I was up to the task,” said Bradley. “Fighting in front of my friends and family in my home state is something I’m really looking forward to and I definitely want to show Bellator made the right decision.”

While a win against Neer will help secure Bradley’s spot in Bellator, more importantly to him it will place him one step closer to his ultimate goal.

“I think (a win) puts me in the right direction towards a title shot,” said Bradley. “That’s what I’m here in Bellator for. I think realistically that will come after two or three more fights, but a win definitely put in the right direction.”

(Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA)

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