Around the MMA Globe: Bellator 129, Legacy 36, M-1 Challenge 52


Bellator 129: Paul Bradley Decisions Josh Neer

Bellator 129 took place this past Friday, October 17th in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  The card was headlined between two veterans of MMA, Josh Neer and Paul Bradley.  Paul Bradley’s take downs and top control were able to frustrate Neer throughout the fight.  Every round began with a Bradley takedown and top control, a suffocating unanimous decision win for Paul Bradley.  Josh Neer complained of inactivity, but was unable to get up from the bottom himself.

Houston Alexander took the fight down in the first, but a head butt by Alexander put the fight back on the feet.  Another takedown in the second, avoiding the strikes of Zwicker.  Zwicker’s best strike of the fight landed as the seconds waned in round 2, a high right knee.  A clear headbutt in the third round forced referee Rob Hinds to take a point from Houston Alexander.  Houston controlled the action in the third round.  Two of the three judges scored the fight a draw, while a third judge gave Houston every round.

Andre Santos held 27 submission wins coming into the bout with James Terry, but he was unable to get his 28th.  Both men wanted to strike, a very heavy work load from Santos.  Santos output was enough to take a unanimous decision victory over the Strikeforce veteran.  Joe Vedepo put on a dominate performance over AKA’s Davin Clark, controlling the fight from the opening bell.  Joe attempted multiple submission attempts and had moments of heavy ground and pound.  Vedepo took the unanimous scorecard from the judges.

John DuVall coaxed a brief tap from Chris Lane at the top of the preliminary card.  Eric Howser was able to finish Tim Bazer from the bottom.  Howser was landing elbow strikes from the bottom when Bazer tapped out in the first round.  Kevin Morris hit a takedown in the early going, but Michael McBride was able to get Morris down later in the first.  Once on the mat, McBride was able to move to mount and then take the back.  Some punches and then McBride sunk in the choke for the submission finish. Bryan Corley was a former World Combat League participant and looked to strike with Brown in this fight.  Martin Brown was the faster fighter, landing more often in the first.  Brown hit a takedown in the 2nd, moved to mount and looked to finish.  A right hand over the arm stunned Corley, a short left hand and a follow up right hand put him to sleep.  A concrete left hand would land as Corley was already unconscious, forcing a hault to the bout in the first round.  Jozette Cotton was able to out strike and taunt her way to a decision victory over former boxer, Holly Lawson.

In a strange bout, Anthony Smith got the better of Brian Green, completely controlling positional dominance and damage.  Smith was able to open cuts above and below the eyes of Green.  In a strange occurence, Green asked Smith to stand up “lets get back on the feet and fight bro”, continuing at the end of the round by taking out his mouthpiece and announcing “He’s a kickboxer and he laid on me all fight”.  Anthony Smith was awarded 30-26’s on two of the judges’ scorecards.  Victor Moreno was able to use his 9 inch reach advantage to control the striking on his way to his 34th pro MMA win.  Moreno took the unanimous decision victory in at 178lb catchweight bout over Marcos Marquez.


  • Paul Bradley def. Josh Neer by Unanimous Decision
  • Houston Alexander drew Virgil Zwicker by Majority Decision (29-28 Houston, 28-28, 28-28)
  • Andre Santos def. James Terry by Unanimous Decision
  • Joe Vedepo def. Davin Clark by TKO at 2:27 of Round 3
  • John DeVall def. Chris Lane by Sub (Triangle) at 4:40 of Round 1
  • Eric Howser def. Tim Bazer by Sub (Strikes) at 4:11 of Round 1
  • Michael McBride def. Kevin Morris by Sub (RNC) at 4:32 of Round 1
  • Martin Trey Brown def. Bryan Corley by KO (Punch) at 0:42 of Round 2
  • Jozette Cotton def. Holly Lawson by Unanimous Decision
  • Anthony Smith def. Brian Green by Unanimous Decision
  • Victor Moreno def. Marcos Marquez by Unanimous Decision


 Bellator MMA at the Monster Energy Cup

Courtesy of Bellator MMA Facebook; Cage set for Monster Energy Cup on Saturday

Bellator’s cage made an appearance at the Freestyle Motorcross event, the Monster Energy Cup.  The Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 18th, played host to a myriad of FMX races and three MMA bouts presented by Bellator.  Gustavo Lopez was able to submit Sean Cantor with a rear naked choke in the first round of their bantamweight bout.  Lightweights AJ Williams and Adrian Hadribeaj fought to a split decision, Adrian taking the judges’ scorecards.  The third and final contest, a battle of heavyweights Dan Charles and James Wilson, ended in a split decision win for Dan.  The FMX rider who took home the gold at the Monster Energy Cup was Davi Millsaps, winning the final race of the weekend.

  • HW Dan Charles def. James Wilson by Split Decision
  • LW Adrian Hadribeaj def. AJ Williams by Split Decision
  • BW Gustavo Lopez def. Sean Cantor by Sub (RNC) at 4:39 of Round 1



 Legacy FC 36: Damacio Page’s KO of the Year Contender

Legacy FC 36 took place this Friday, October 17th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Hometown favorite Cody East was able to land the more effective punishment throughout the first round.  Just over three minutes into the bout, Cody East turned the volume up.  East put Vernon against the cage and was landing at will with his punches.  A right hand seemed to pause Lewis and a second right put Vernon down.  Cody East improved his record to 9-1, winning the Legacy FC Heavyweight Title.

Damacio Page returned to the Legacy FC cage against Brian Hall.  An early right knee to the head and combination on the cage put Page on notice.  Page was able to shoot in and control Brian Hall against the cage.  The two men went back to center cage, where some circling ended in Damacio Page landing one of the best knockouts of the year, a huge overhand right.

  • Cody East def. Vernon Lewis by TKO (Strikes) at 3:26 of Round 1
  • Damacio Page def. Brian Hall by KO (Punch) at 1:48 of Round 1
  • Donald Sanchez def. Charles Cheeks by Unanimous Decision
  • Jordan Espinosa def. Rafael De Freitas by Unanimous Decision
  • Clint Roberts def. Lenny Lovato Jr by KO (Head Kick) at 4:15 of Round 1
  • Norma Rueda Center def. Micelle Nicolini by Unanimous Decision
  • Dominic Chavez def. Sean Jeantete by Sub (RNC) at 1:14 of Round 1 – Amateur
  • Slade Ring def. Adrian Lopez by Sub (RNC) at 1:49 of Round 1 – Amateur
  • Miguel Delgado def. Hunter Tower by Unanimous Decision – Amateur


M-1 Challenge 52: Battle of Narts


The republic of Ingushetia, in the North Caucasus region of Russia, played host to M-1 Challenge 52.  The long tenured promotion has been holding talent filled events with the top fighters in Europe and Asia.  M-1 Challenge 52 played host to the M-1 Featherweight Championship, a fight between Ivan Buchinger and Tural Ragimov.  Ivan was able to take hold of the fight late, finishing the fight in the 4th, unloading a myriad of punches on the Russian.  Ivan Buchinger moves his pro MMA career to 28-4, including 7 straight victories over competition in M-1 and Cage Warriors.  The Knockout of the Night award went to Murad Abdulaev, as he was able to finish the veteran Spaniard in the second round.  The punch that ended was a looping left hook as Murad was stepping in for a double leg takedown.  Murad bounced back from a split decision loss to UFC fighter Alexander Yakovlev at M-1 Challenge 38, improving his record to 14-3.  The Submission of the Night came from Shavkat Rakhmonov, as he was able to lock on a triangle choke in the first round.  Don’t forget the action in the preliminary fights.



  • Murad Izmailov def. Vladimir Mishchenko by TKO – Round 2
  • Ivan Buchinger def. Tural Ragimov by TKO – Round 4
  • Murad Abdulaev def. Daniel Tabera by KO – Round 2
  • Artiom Damkovsky def. Said Khalilov by Unanimous Decision
  • Rustam Gadzhiev def. Ingiskhan Ozdoev by Unanimous Decision
  • Magomed mutaev def. Bartosz Chyrek by TKO – Round 3
  • Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Adam Tsurov by Sub (Triangle Choke) – Round 1
  • Abubakar Mestoev def. Marat Tokhtamyshev by Unanimous Decision
  • Rustam Khasanov vs Zurab Betergaraev deemed No Contest due to accidental cut
  • Khamzat Dalgiev def. Dmitry Ermolaev by Sub (Guillotine) – Round 2



 Tuff-N-Uff: MMA Journalist Spencer Lazara with the Knockout Win


This past Friday, October 17th from the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, MMA Journalist Spencer Lazara was able to make a successful venture into his amateur MMA career.




Provincial FC 3: Showdown in the Downtown

Courtesy of PFC

Provincial FC 3 took place this past Saturday, October 18th in London, Ontario, Canada.  UFC veteran, Jesse Ronson was able to win his first fight outside of the promotion.  Jesse Ronson was able to finish Michigan native Dom O’Grady with punches.  Local fighter, Jesse Gross took a split decision win from Xtreme Couture’s Justin Jaynes.

  • Jesse Ronson def. Dom O’Grady by TKO (Punches) at 0:45 of Round 2
  • Jesse Gross def. Justin Jaynes by Split Decision
  • Randy Turner def. Malcolm Gordon by TKO (Punches) at 3:17 of Round 2
  • Kyle Prepolec def. Damien Hill by Sub (RNC) of Round 2
  • Joey Holt def. Adam Assenza by Sub (Guillotine Choke) of Round 1
  • Blake Nash def. Bryan Jordan by TKO (Injury) of Round 2
  • Neelan Hordatt def. David Hale by Sub (RNC) of Round 1
  • Josh Rich def. James Mancini by Sub (RNC) at 1:17 of Round 2
  • Chris Lee Byrne def. Rafael Palomeque by Sub (Heel Hook) of round 3
  • Xavier Nash def. Paul Jabert by Split Decision




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