Bellator MMA will try to keep the ball rolling as we head into October with Bellator 127 this Friday night. The main card, featuring a featherweight clash between former champion Daniel Straus and Justin Wilcox, serves as the Spike TV main event.
Joining Straus-Wilcox will be Karo Parisyan-Fernando Gonzalez, Rafael Silva-Rob Emberson and Kendall Grove-Christian M’Pumbu. M’Pumbu is a former light heavyweight champion who is dropping down to middleweight where he faces an ex-UFC fighter in Grove.
Straus (22-5) dropped the Bellator featherweight title this past March when he was submitted by Pat Curran in the fifth round. He had previously won his last six, including a late 2013 decision over Curran for the title.
In an interview with FightLine, Straus mentioned getting a title shot soon, but also acknowledged things were changing with the move to Scott Coker as president.
Wilcox (14-6-1) rebounded from a loss last year to current champion Patricio Freire in the Season 9 tournament final by scoring a decision over Jason Fischer. He is 3-1 in his last four, all of which have taken place inside the Bellator cage. Prior to that, he posted a 5-3 record with one no-contest fighting for Strikeforce.
The prelims, which stream online, are highlighted by light heavyweights Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Malik Merad.
You can check out the entire fight card below. FightLine will have complete results this Friday night of all the action from Temecula, California and the Pechanga Resort and Casino.
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Featherweight: Daniel Straus vs. Justin Wilcox
Welterweight: Karo Parisyan vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Bantamweight: Rafael Silva vs. Rob Emerson
Middleweight: Kendall Grove vs. Christian M’Pumbu
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Light Heavyweight: Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Malik Merad
Welterweight: Justin Baesman vs. Johnny Mercurio
Catchweight: Johnny Cisneros vs. Ricky Rainey
Lightweight: Sergio Rios vs. Saad Awad
Light Heavyweight: Nick Moghaddam vs. Ray Sloan
Middleweight: Keith Berry vs. Joe Pacheco
Bantamweight: Shawn Bunch vs. David Duran