On Friday, October 3, Bellator MMA held their 127th event from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA.

Headlining the event was a featherweight fight featuring Daniel Straus (22-5) and Justin Wilcox (14-6). Straus has won six out of his last seven fights, with his only loss coming from former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran at Bellator 112. Wilcox has gone 3-1 in his Bellator career, with his only loss coming via TKO by the reigning Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. At the end of the night, it was Wilcox who suffered his second defeat in Bellator.  The fight did not last long; Wilcox charged in, Straus caught him clean and Wilcox dropped. Straus immediately pounced on Wilcox, knocking him out cold before the ref could jump in and stop it.

Co-headlining the event was clash of welterweight journeymen when Karo Parisyan (24-10) took on Fernando Gonzalez (21-12). Parisyan was last seen in the Bellator cage this past July, when he scored a first-round TKO victory over fellow journeyman Phil Baroni. Gonzalez made a successful promotional debut when he defeated Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision at Bellator 122. In pre-fight interviews Gonzalez made it very clear that this fight was personal because Parisyan refused to shake his hand years ago, and tonight he was able to get his revenge as he pummled “The Heat”‘s face.  Gonzalez clipped Parisyan early with a short left that sent him to the canvas.  Gonzalez immediately swarmed on Parisyan with punches and hammer fists and never allowed Parisyan to recover.  Out of mercy the ref was forced to stop the fight in the first round, awarding Gonzalez the TKO victory.

Also on the card was former The Ultimate Fighter competitor Rob Ermerson  as he squared off against Rafael Silva.  Both fighers wanted to prove they have what it takes to be a champion.  However, in this fight it was all Silva.  Silva dropped Emerson to start the fight with a big right hand and was able to control the fight on the ground from there. Though he did not get the finish in the firt round, he comnpletely dominated the round.  In the second round, Silva got the early takedown and again controlled the fight on the ground.  He did not do much damage, but he did dominate position. Going into the 3rd round, Emerson knew that he would need a finish if he was going to get the victory, but again it was Silva with a takedown and dominant ground control. Silva was able to out-work Emerson and get the decision.

Starting off the card, former The Ultimate Fighter champion Kendall Grove (19-14) squared off against former Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu (18-6). Grove had gone 1-1 in Bellator and 2-4 in his last six fights. M’Pumbu had lost his last three fights since winning the Bellator light heavyweight title, most recently losing via knockout against former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.  This fight was all Grove.  Grove rocked M’Pumbu early and was able to control the pace of the fight and was able to out-work M’Pumbu in the clinch.  Grove dominated the first round and was able to get the takedown in the second, ultimately finishing M’Pumbu by rear naked

The main card aired at 9 PM EST on Spike TV.

Main Card Results

Daniel Straus def. Justin Wilcox via knockout (strikes), Round 1 00.50

Fernando Gonzalez def. Karo Parisyan via TKO (strikes), Round 1, 1:43

Kendall Grove def. Christian M’Pumbu via submission (rear naked choke), Round 2, 4:14

Rafael Silva def. Rob Emerson vis unanimous decision (30,27 29,28 29,28), Round 3

Preliminary Card Results

Saad Awad def. Sergio Rios via. unanimous decision (30-26, 30,27 30,27)

Keith Berry def. Joe Pacheco via split decision (29,28 28,29 29,28) Round 3

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Malik Merad via TKO (strikes), Round 2 4:04

Ricky Rainey def. Johnny Cisneros via knockout (strikes), Round 1 3:18

Justin Baesman def. John Mercurio via split decision (29,28 29,28, 28,29), Round 3