Paul Bradley’s next fight will bring him under the bright lights of a Bellator main event, taking on Josh Neer October 17 at Bellator 129.
With the event taking place in Council Bluffs, Iowa, “The Gentleman” is anticipating a night to remember for not only himself, but his fan base.
Bradley (21-6) is a native of Tama, Iowa and was a standout on the wrestling mat for the University of Iowa. He was a two-time NCAA placewinner, including fourth in 2003.
“This is a huge fight for me,” said Bradley, during an interview with FightLine. “I have a very big following in that part of the state. All my college buddies are from the Council Bluffs/Glenwood area, plus I did a few wrestling camps there while in college so I should have a lot of friends and family at the event.”
Despite the added pressure some would feel competing in their native state, Bradley plans on “treating it like any other fight and preparing myself (as if it is any other fight).
“Yes, it’s the main event, but I’m looking to just go out and perform,” he said.
Bradley opened his pro MMA career with 11 straight wins before falling to UFC veteran Mike Pierce. He has gone 1-1 since joining Bellator last year, defeating Karl Amoussou before falling to Nathan Coy in March in the opening round of the welterweight tournament.
Along with his current run in Bellator, the 31-year-old also competed twice in the UFC. Bradley, who went 0-2 inside the Octagon, was selected for The Ultimate Fighter but did not get to compete after being selected by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.