Another Friday night, and another Bellator fight card.

Bellator 127 will take place at the Pechanaga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. Preliminary bouts begin at 7 pm ET while the main card will go underway at approximately 9 pm.

Bellator continues to compete in the UFC’s predominant market. And while Bellator 127 is a far cry from the UFC’s most recent outing, it’s undoubtedly worth the bang for your free buck.

In the main event, former featherweight champion, Daniel Straus, will look to bounce back off his heartbreaking defeat to Pat Curran earlier this year. Straus will meet Justin Wilcox, who enters winning three of his last four.

The MMA Corner’s Josh Davis (9-4) and Garrett Derr (9-4) are here to break down the four main card bouts.



Kendall Grove vs. Christian M’Pumbu

Davis: Grove always comes to fight. The problem for Grove, though, has always been the fact that he is just not an elite level fighter. He is a B-level fighter that has been able to make a name for himself through a reality show. While M’Pumbu is not the fighter that he once was, he still has enough left to get this victory. He will do it through his continually-improved striking game.

Prediction: M’Pumbo by KO, Round 2

Derr: Grove didn’t quite make it in the UFC, which is understanding. But he’s not quite making it in Bellator, either. Lucky for him, he’ll meet a M’Pumbu who hasn’t won a contest in more than three years. Both have the name, but neither have the skills to compete at the highest level. Grove has a suspicious chin, but M’Pumbu’s hands aren’t what they once were. Grove gets it done and walks away with the victory.

Prediction: Grove by Decision



Rafael Silva vs. Rob Emerson

Davis: Emerson is another guy that was able to use TUF to springboard himself into stardom, however, he does not have the skills to compete with the world’s best figters. With that being said, that does not mean he doesn’t have some fight left in him, folks, because he has been on a demolishing streak. Silva, on the other hand, is probably the future of Bellator and I look for him to showcase his skills in this fight.

Prediction: Silva by KO, Round 2

Derr: Emerson’s career was over three years ago. But then he reeled off five consecutive wins out of the blue. With an improved submission game, Emerson will meet Silva to determine just how legitimate his streak has been. I see Silva as one of Bellator’s best kept secrets. He has the ideal striking to outclass Emerson on his feet and a well-versed ground game to control the lower level. Emerson’s hot-streak comes to a screeching halt.

Prediction: Silva by Decision



Fernando Gonzalez vs. Karo Parisyan

Davis: For any old time MMA fan, Parisyan is a guy that you will always have respect for. After all, he has brought us some of the best Judo throws the sport has ever seen. Over recent years, though, Parisyan’s mental game has proven to be his toughesst opponent, keeping him from living up to his potential. That is no longer the case and “The Heat” is back.

Prediction: Parisyan by Decision

Derr: Another one of those guys back from the dead is Parisyan. The former UFC veteran is set to take on Gonzalez in a bout with title implications for Parisyan. Having won four of his last five, Parisyan has shown improvement in both his standup and ground game. While some are skeptics of Parisyan’s chin, his improved striking should be enough to overpower Gonzalez’s inconsistency.

Prediction; Parisyan by KO, Round 2



Daniel Straus vs. Justin Wilcox

Davis: These are the types of fights that I love because both guys have something that they think they need to prove. Wilcox wants to prove to the world that he is the man, that this is his time and he should be fighting for titles, while Straus wants to get back to another fight with Curan. Both fighters will bring it, but at the end of the night, Straus will have his hand raised. Straus’ striking will be too much for Wilcox to handle.

Prediction: Straus by KO, Round 3

Derr: Straus is a man on a mission after being finished by Pat Curran earlier this year. I wouldn’t want to be the man who stands across from Straus. Unfortunately for Wilcox, he’s that guy. Straus has proven he can be finished, but Wilcox won’t be the guy to hand him his second straight defeat. Straus is too well-rounded and too strong-willed to bet against this time around. Friday night will start the road back to the title for the American Top Team product. It will come in devastating fashion for Wilcox.

Prediction: Straus by KO, Round 3


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