Paul Bradley controlled Josh Neer a majority of three rounds, en route to a unanimous decision at Bellator 129 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday night.
Bradley easily secured takedowns to dictate the pace of the fight and judges saw it in his favor after three rounds with scores of 30-27 across the panel.
Bradley scored his first takedown and worked his ground and pound early in the first round, opening up a cut over Neer’s left eye in the process. Bradley kept top control throughout the round, while Neer worked to land short elbows from his back.
As he did in the opening round, Bradley scored another takedown in the second and remained in top position through most of the frame. While transitioning from full to half guard, Bradley landed a number of short strikes and cruised through the five-minute period.
Neer couldn’t prevent the takedown in the third round, either. Bradley put the former UFC fighter on his back and worked the ground and pound once again. At one point, Neer began to work his way back to his feet, only to nearly give up a rear-naked choke. Bradley then put Neer on his back again and finished out the fight in top position.
After the bout, Neer complained to referee John McCarthy about the fight remaining on the ground without McCarthy stepping in to return it to a standing fight. McCarthy replied, saying, “It’s your job to get up … It’s not kickboxing.”
With the win, Bradley improved his MMA record to 22-6-1.
Houston Alexander and Virgil Zwicker fought to a draw in their main-card affair. Despite securing a number of takedowns and keeping top control for a substantial portion of the fight, Alexander landed two headbutts and had a point taken away from him in the third and final round.
Alexander and Zwicker scores for the bout were 29-28, 28-28 and 28-28.
In earlier main-card fights, Andre Santos defeated James Terry by unanimous decision with 30-27 scores across the board, and Joe Vedepo stopped Davin Clark via technical knockout at 2:27 of the third round.
Preliminary Card Results:
John DeVall def. Chris Lane via submission (triangle choke) at 4:40 of Round 1
Eric Howser def. Tim Bazer via submission (elbows) at 4:11 of Round 1
Michael McBride def. Kevin Morris via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:32 of Round 1
Martin Brown def. Bryan Corley via knockout (punches) at 0:42 of Round 2
Jozette Cotton def. Holly Lawson unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Smith def. Brian Green via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
Victor Moreno def. Marcos Marquez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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