Bellator 127: "Straus vs. Wilcox" takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Oct. 3, 2014) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., with the fifth event of Bellator's eleventh season.
In the main event, former featherweight champion Daniel Straus has a tough challenge in Justin Wilcox. Straus is looking for a road back to the title he lost at Bellator 112, but with three wins in his last four Bellator fights (his only loss a TKO to Patricio "Pitbull" Freire), "The Silverback" has the potential to be a spoiler for Straus on his quest for redemption.
The co-main event sees MMA legend Karo "The Heat" Parisyan take on the surprising Fernando Gonzalez at welterweight. "The Menifee Maniac" did some of the best work of his career the last time Bellator was in Temecula, defeating "Psycho" Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision.
Can he pull off another upset over a submission master?
There's much more in store from California tonight. Former TUF fighter Rob Emerson is undefeated in Bellator thus far and riding a five-fight win streak. His opponent Rafael Silva owned an impressive 13 fight win streak until he ran into Joe Warren in May. Silva would love to start a new streak by breaking Emerson's. The middleweight opener features another TUF veteran in Kendall Grove, facing former Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu.
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BELLATOR 127 QUICK RESULTS:
Main Card (Spike TV):
Daniel Straus vs. Justin Wilcox: Straus by KO at 0:50 of R1.
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Karo Parisyan: Gonzalez by TKO 1:43 of R1.
Rafael Silva vs. Rob Emerson: Silva via UD 30-27 and 29-28 X2.
Kendall Grove vs. Christian M'Pumbu: Grove via sub (RNC) at 4:14 of R2.
Preliminary Card (Spike.com):
Nick Moghaddam vs. Ray Sloan: Sloan via UD 30-27 X3.
Sergio Rios vs. Saad Awad: Awad via UD 30-26 and 30-27 X2.
Keith Berry vs. Joe Pacheco: Berry via SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Malik Merad: Sokoudjou via TKO at 4:04 of R2.
Johnny Cisneros vs. Ricky Rainey: Rainey via KO at 3:18 of R1.
Justin Baesman vs. John Mercurio: Baseman via SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Shawn Bunch vs. David Duran: Not streamed on Spike.com.
BELLATOR 127 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Daniel Straus vs. Justin Wilcox
Round 1: Wilcox is in red trunks tonight. Straus is in the black. Our referee in charge is "Big" John McCarthy. Straus lands two leg kicks in the first fifteen seconds, Wilcox goes for a takedown and eats a left hook before backing off. Jumping knee by Wilcox misses. STRAUS JUST KNOCKED WILCOX OUT WITH A HUGE LEFT HAND. Wilcox took a few more shots on the ground as he dropped to his knees but he was already out and wobbly when he got back up.
Final result: Straus ends the contest by knockout at 50 seconds of the first round.
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Karo Parisyan
Round 1: Originally a welterweight bout, this was changed to a catch weight of 173 when Gonzalez wasn't able to make the weight. Gonzalez is in the red trunks, Parisyan the black. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran.Gonzalez rocks him with a shot at about the one minute mark and jumps on top. Beltran looks in as Parisyan eats about a half dozen left hands. He backs off and starts pouring it on again and BELTRAN WAVES IT OFF AT 1:46.
Final result: Official time 1:43 of R1 for the winner by TKO - Fernando "The Menifee Maniac" Gonzalez.
Rafael Silva vs. Rob Emerson
Round 1: This fight was changed from bantamweight to a catchweight of 138 lbs. when Silva failed to make weight yesterday. Silva is in the white trunks and Emerson is in the black. Our referee in charge is Michael Bell. SILVA DROPS EMERSON WITH A RIGHT AT 0:55. Emerson is trying to recover on the ground with Silva on top in half guard looking to pass. 90 seconds gone. Silva is softening him up with lefts to the body and head before he's pushed back to full guard. Bell stands them up at 2:40. Emerson lands a left hook. Silva ducks under and takes Emerson down at 3:07. Silva works to take his back. Emerson stands up and is tripped back down. Silva takes this round 10-9.
Round 2: Silva gets another takedown 58 seconds into R2. Emerson finally gets back up at 2:20. He's taken back down 10 seconds later as Bell warns him not to grab the fence. Bell calls for more work at 3:15 as Silva slowly picks apart Emerson on the ground. Jimmy Smith accurately calls it "a war of attrition." Bell stands them up at 3:50. Emerson lands a good left hand but Silva almost immediately takes him down again. Smith can't decide if it was a flush shot or if Silva was just off balance. Another 10-9 round for Silva.
Round 3: Emerson's corner is telling him to go for broke in R3. Silva lifts Emerson up high and completes another takedown at 39 seconds. This time he gets back up quick and catches Silva with a left hand and a combo but is taken down again at 1:12. Emerson is back up at 1:35 and back down seconds later. Bell calls for action at 2:12 and stands them up shortly after the warning. Emerson goes for a takedown and misses by a mile. He's landing some good kicks to the legs and body. Silva eats a kick and dumps Emerson down at 3:49. He gets back up and is taken down again with 13 seconds left - which should make it a clean sweep for Silva with the judges.
Final result: The judges score this contest 30-27 and 29-28 X2 for the unanimous winner - Rafael Silva.
Kendall Grove vs. Christian M'Pumbu
Round 1: 'Big' John McCarthy is our referee in charge. Grove is in the black trunks, M'Pumbu the white. Grove CRACKS M'PUMBU with a right hand in the first five seconds. He's trying to take the back as M'Pumbu stands back up against the fence. M'Pumbu spins free and the two jockey for position. Grove finally tries to back out of it and throw strikes at 2:11. McCarthy rules a knee strike legal saying it was not directly to the cup. Grove and M'Pumbu trade knees against the fence. They break again at 4:38. Leg kick from Grove before the bell ends R1 10-9 in his favor.
Round 2: M'Pumbu lands a solid right 40 seconds into R2. Grove is way ahead on strikes overall. M'Pumbu comes in for a left hook and is nearly caught with a counter shot. Grove drops levels at 1:45 buts lets it go. Grove pushes M'Pumbu to the fence at the 3 minute mark and dumps him with a single leg at 3:10. He gets the back and one hook in at 4 minutes and now he's going for the rear naked choke even without the other hook - GROVE TAPS HIM OUT WITH ABOUT 45 SECONDS LEFT IN R2.
Final result: Official time of the rear naked choke is 4:14 of R2 for the winner by submission: Kendall 'The Spider' Grove.
Nick Moghaddam vs. Ray Sloan
Round 1: Moghaddam is in the white trunks, Sloan the grey. Moghaddam takes very tiny steps toward his opponent while Sloan bounces around throwing lots of strikes, including a spinning back kick to the body. Sloan bull rushes at 3 minutes but Moghaddam steps away before he can be pinned against the fence. Sloan seems able to go head or body any time he wants. Moghaddam takes a kick to the cup and time is called. Sloan is told it was accidental but warned to be careful. 3:50 gone when the clock restarts. We get another stoppage at 4:30 as Sloan takes a poke to the eye but he's quickly ready to go again. Sloan throws a good combo at 4:45. 10-9 R1 for Sloan.
Round 2: Moghaddam is doing slightly better in R2 but is still letting Sloan control the center of the cage and be the aggressor. Sloan lands a hard right at 2:28 that could have finished his night. Moghaddam slips and Sloan rushes in to pin him against the fence and drive knees into his legs. Moghaddam breaks free at 3:43. Moghaddam is constantly backing up or backing away and that can only look one way to a judge. Another 10-9 round for Sloan as we're running low on time for the prelim bouts.
Round 3: Sloan's corner tells him he's up 2-0 before he comes out for the third. Moghaddam has a trickle of blood coming from his mouth a minute into the third. Sloan pushes him into the fence to grind and they break off at 1:58 after a call for more work. Wheelock reminds us that Moghaddam is a black belt in jiu-jitsu, and if any of this fight had been contested on the ground, that would mean something. Moghaddam backpedals after a counter right hand. Sloan continues to attack. 2 minutes left. Sloan tries a jump knee that misses, then takes Moghaddam down at 3:36. Sloan gets his back as Moghaddam stands up. Moghaddam is warned not to grab the fence. Sloan with knees to the legs. He tries to pull Moghaddam down and fails. Moghaddam avoids upkicks and is on top for a few seconds at the end. 10-9 Sloan for a clean sweep.
Final result: The judges all score this contest 30-27 for the unanimous decision winner Ray Sloan.
Sergio Rios vs. Saad Awad
Round 1: Rios is in the white trunks, Awad the black. Rios is an undefeated lightweight prospect at 8-0, the Bellator veteran Awad is 16-6. Awad doesn't go to the ground when Rios slips, showing respect for his ground game. Rios rocks Awad with a right hand, then pulls guard when Awad goes for a takedown defensively. Awad postures up and unloads with right hands then backs away at 1:45. Awad knocks him down with a body kick and a right and Rios is stood up at 2:50. Rios gives chase with body kicks and Awad circles away. Awad has his hands sagging around his waist but he still gets them up when he gets close enough to connect. Rios gets hurt late in the round and he pours on the hammerfists but Rios is SAVED BY THE BELL. 10-9 Awad.
Round 2: Awad knocks Rios down with a right at the one minute mark, backs off like he thinks it might be stopped, then jumps on for hammerfists. Rios is stood back up at 1:20. Awad pushes him to the ground, lets him up, Rios flops to his back and Rios is stood at 1:42. Straight right hand to Rios. He's quickly turned into a punching bag. Rios dives for a single leg. Awad successfully blocks it and Rios gets up VERY slowly when stood by the ref. Awad rocks him AGAIN with a right. Rios is being warned to fight back. Rios is eating hammerfists and tries to roll and sweep but Awad gets side control and lands a knee. 4 minutes. Hard shots to the head by Awad from the back. He's warned to target the head strikes carefully. Rios is warned to fight back at 4:47. The bell saves him AGAIN but this time it's a 10-8 round. Rios has to be told to get off his knees by the referee and he goes to the wrong corner. This SHOULD be stopped.
Round 3: Incredibly nobody involved in this fight thought to throw in the towel or wave it off - Rios is coming back out for more punishment. Rios wobbles in his stance and it's hard to tell if that's natural footwork or a complete inability to maintain equilibrium at this point. Awad pours it on again at 2:12 and Rios flails wildly and misses three times. The two exchange at 3:26 and Awad lands the better shots. Awad has him reeling at 3:45 but he somehow stays upright. Rios seems to think he got poked in the eye. The only chance for Rios at this point is one lucky punch. Awad continues to jab with impunity. Rios finds nothing that helps. 10-9 R3 for Awad.
Final result: The judges score this 30-26 and 30-27 X2 all for the unanimous winner Saad Awad.
Keith Berry vs. Joe Pacheco
Round 1: Berry has black/white trunks, Pacheco the white. Pacheco is circling Berry and landing good shots. He's keeping his hands cocked high. Berry is answering back with more frequency as we pass the halfway point. Neither fighter seems to have any inclination to take it to the ground. Pacheco charges with a flurry at 3:40 and Berry answers back in kind. Pacheco briefly drops levels and is stuffed. 1 minute left in R1. Pacheco lands a flush left hand at 4:50 and gets off the last good shots in a close round.
Round 2: Berry takes control of the center early and lands a double left jab. Pacheco lands a jab to the nose that makes Berry back off a little. Berry and Pacheco trade and Berry winds up with a cut over his right eye. Berry continues to press the action and get the better of the exchanges even though his face suggests otherwise. Pacheco is slowing down and his hands have dropped below his chin. This could very easily be 1 round apiece.
Round 3: Berry gives up a guillotine at the two minute mark as Pacheco likewise gives up on an ineffective takedown attempt. Pacheco knocks out Berry's mouthpiece with a combo at 2:48 and winds up in a clinch against the fence. Mike Beltran stops the action at 3:06 to put the mouthpiece back in. It's anybody's fight with one minute left. Pacheco's counter right connects with Berry almost every time he throws it. Berry with a flurry at 4:50 but Pacheco grabs him and turns him into the fence - keeping him there until the bell.
Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 Berry, 29-28 Pacheco, and 29-28 to the winner by split decision Keith Berry.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Malik Merad
Round 1: Sokoudjou is in the red/white trunks, Merad the black. Sokoudjou unloads with a heavy leg kick quickly. Another one at 39 seconds. At 6'5" Merad looks incredibly skinny for a light heavyweight. Sokoudjou gets a takedown at 1:42 and Merad may welcome it since he was having trouble standing. Sokoudjou has opened a cut with an elbow in the ground and pound and Merad's in big trouble. The blood is spraying everywhere. Sokoudjoi stands up and passes to side at 3:57. Now he's got a key lock. Sokoudjou lets it go and backs off with 15 seconds left. Merad is stood up right before the bell. 10-9 bordering on a 10-8.
Round 2: Sokoudjou gets a takedown 33 seconds into R2. Blood is pouring out of the cut into his right eye. 'Big' John McCarthy calls for more work twice, then stands them up at 2:25. Sokoudjou quickly gets another takedown right into half guard. Sokoudjou is still landing elbows on the ground but McCarthy still wants to see more. Sokoudjou delivers a left elbow and forearm that STUNS MERAD and MCCARTHY WAVES IT OFF.
Final result: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou wins via TKO at 4:04 of the second round.
Johnny Cisneros vs. Ricky Rainey
Round 1: Cisneros is in the black/white trunks and Rainey the solid black. Rainey pushes Cisneros toward the fence right away. He's feeling out the range with his left hand but Cisneros backs him off with an overhand right. Rainey quickly closes distance again. Cisneros ducks under a punch and gets a body lock. Rainey turns it around for a knee, eats a short elbow, and tries a leg trip that Cisneros doesn't fully go down for. Action stalls against the fence. Rainey backs off and tries to get a muay thai clinch. He gets a warning to not grab the fence before both men return to center, but Rainey got off some good knees. ANOTHER KNEE LEADS TO THE END FOR CISNEROS. He was diving for a single leg on the left, ate the knee flush, and a few Sakuraba double hammers on the ground sealed the deal.
Final result: Ricky "The Sniper" Rainey wins at 3:18 of round one via knockout.
Justin Baesman vs. John Mercurio
Round 1: Both fighters are wearing black trunks for this bout - Baseman has the red tape though and Mercurio the blue. Mercurio is attacking with leg kicks in the first minute. Baseman stays on the outside circling. Warning from the ref to watch their fingers on strikes at 2:20. That left leg of Baseman's is taking a pounding. He misses with a spinning backfist. Mercurio lands a good left against the fence at 3:45. Baseman comes forward with a flurry at 4:15 trying to win back the round. Mercurio turns him into the fence and they trade knees. 10-9 R1 from Mercurio.
Round 2: Baseman is once again circling on the outside, and when he tries to press in Mercurio nails him with a left hook. At some point the leg kicks are going to hobble Baseman. Mercurio is feeling it at 1:45 and thinks Baseman isn't able to hang. Mercurio keeps the fight at range and Baseman can't close the distance. Mercurio slips at 3:06 and Baseman doesn't take advantage. Baseman tries a head kick that doesn't work, but a right hand lands. Baseman is landing more shots this round but lacks power as he's backpedaling a lot. Hard counter left by Mercurio off a blocked kick. Another 10-9 to Mercurio.
Round 3: There's a lot more fisticuffs during the first 30 seconds of this round - Baseman may be aware he needs a finish at this point. Mercurio continues to push forward forward but he has blood coming from his nose. Baseman is now visibly wincing when he puts weight on his left leg - trying to stay in motion and not linger on it long. Baseman tries to catch a kick and counter but the kick still connects. Mercurio keeps pressing forward even with short time. All three rounds should go to Mercurio, but the third round was close. Baseman can hope for a lucky break from the judges.
Final result: 29-28 Mercurio, 29-28 Baseman and 29-28 for the split decision going to Justin Baseman.
Shawn Bunch vs. David Duran
Final result: Unknown - this was not aired on Spike.com.