Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live results, streaming video of the entire preliminary card and detailed play-by-play as Bellator 127: Straus vs. Wilcox transpires from the Pechanga Casino and Resort in Temecula, CA.
Former lightweight champion Daniel Straus headlines the card against AKA product Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox while battle-hardened vets, such as Judoka Karo Parisyan, brawler Rob Emerson and Hawaiian Kendall Grove, anchor the rest of the Spike TV broadcast.
Streaming video of the preliminary card will air right here on Bloody Elbow at 7:00 p.m. ET and play-by-play will commence with the main card on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET. Feel free to watch this week’s Vivisection on the Bellator 127 card for analysis and discussion on tonight’s festivities. The full lineup follows.
Bellator 127 Main Card
Daniel Straus vs. Justin Wilcox
R1: Straus side-steps two of Wilcox’s attacks and digs in with an outside low kick. Wilcox fakes a level change and comes up high with a right cross that connects flush. Straus slips on a counter and can’t transition into a single leg. Wilcox goes airborne with a flying knee but doesn’t pull the trigger. Wilcox stays on the hunt and launches himself at Straus with a right cross but eats a monstrous counter left from Straus in the process, and it crumples him. Straus pounces with a few lefts until Big John McCarthy intervenes.
- Daniel Straus defeats Justin Wilcox by KO (strikes) 0:50 R1
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Karo Parisyan
R1: Gonzalez wheels out a high left roundhouse kick that misses.Gonzalez tries to behead Parisyan with a huge left as he’s shooting but it glances. Parisyan straightens his arms out while reaching for a clinch and Gonzalez shows massive power by dropping him with a short shovel punch. Gonzalez gets on top and unloads a ferocious salvo of punches, and stays on the trigger for a good 10-15 seconds until the ref step in.
- Fernando Gonzalez defeats Karo Parisyan by TKO (punches) 1:43 R1
Rob Emerson vs. Rafael Silva
- Rafael Silva defeats Rob Emerson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
Kendall Grove vs. Christian M’Pumbu
R1: They touch up and Grove instantly plasters M’Pumbu with a straight one-two. M’Pumbu flails onto his back but seems to be recovered while working his way back up to his feet. Grove threatens to move behind M’Pumbu in the clinch but M’Pumbu spins to face him and puts him on the cage. Grove circles off and they switch spots. Two short knees downstairs from Grove as M’Pumbu reverses position again.
They break at the halfway mark and Grove pumps a double jab and lands a right cross to the body. Inside low kick from Grove. M’Pumbu glances with a counter left before sprawling on a Grove double-leg attempt and the Hawaiian puts him back on the fence with a body knee. Another from Grove after M’Pumbu lands a short uppercut. M’Pumbu breaks the clinch but can’t find the mark with his right. Outside low kick from Grove to close the round. 10-9 Grove.
R2: Triple jab from distance sets the tone for Grove. M’Pumbu follows his jab with a solid overhand; his best shot of the fight by far or the first that lands clean. Now a short jab from M’Pumbu and a right cross, but Grove flurries with both hands and clinches up. M’Pumbu separates. Lead right downstairs from Grove. M’Pumbu lances another right hand through and it persuades Grove to clinch up again.
Grove with a body knee from the over/under clinch, then he switches to a single leg and gets it. Grove stacks M’Pumbu and passes to half guard, then switches to back control with one hook in, aggressively pursuing the rear-naked choke on the transition. M’Pumbu rolls but Grove stays attached and forces the tapout with only one hook in.
- Kendall Grove defeats Christian M’Pumbu by submission (rear-naked choke) 4:14 R2
Preliminary Card Results
- Saad Awad defeats Sergio Rios by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x 2)
- Ray Sloan defeats Nick Moghaddam
- Keith Berry defeats Joe Pacheco by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2)
- Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defeats Malik Merad by TKO (elbows) 4:04 R2
- Ricky Rainey defeats Johnny Cisneros
- Justin Baesman defeats John Mercurio by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2)
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