The Bellator 127  fight card has officially been finalized.

Headlining the card is a featherweight matchup between former champion Daniel Strauss and Bellator Season Nine featherweight runner-up Chris Wilcox at the Pechanga Resort & Casino on Friday, October 3rd in Southern California.

Straus (22–5) will be competing inside the cage for the first time since dropping his belt to longtime rival Pat Curran in the main event of Bellator 112 in March. Prior to this loss Straus was riding a six fight winning streak, including five straight under the Bellator banner. Wilcox (14–6–1) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jason Fischer at Bellator 114. This victory pushed ‘The Silverback’s” Bellator record to 3-1.

Other bouts currently scheduled to appear on the main card include a welterweight matchup  between Marius Zaromskis and Karo Parisyan, a bantamweight matchup between Rafael Silva and Rob Emerson and a middleweight matchup between Christian M’Pumbuz and Kendall Grove.

Former Pride FC star Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12) is also set to square off against promotional newcomer Malik Merad in the final bout of the’s preliminary card. Sokoudjou, who was last seen securing a first round submission win in his Bellator debut against Terry Davinney in June, holds nine career knockout victories with eight coming in the first round. Merad enters the bout riding six-fight win streak with 11 of his 19 professional victories coming by submission.

Also scheduled to appear on the prelims is a lightweight bout between Saad Awad (15-6), who is coming off of a first round TKO win over Joe Duarte at Bellator 122, and the undefeated Sergio Rios (8-0). A former tournament finalist, Awad is known for his ability to finish fights and has won 14 of his 15 professional victories by KO or submission, 13 coming in the first round. Rios, who has recorded five wins by submission, was last seen walking away with a violent knockout victory over Stephan Martinez on the same card Awad finished Durate.

Closing out the prelims will be a middleweight matchup between California’s own Keith Berry (15-13) and Joe Pacheco (7-2), along with fellow southern California native Johnny Cisneros (8-3) facing Ricky Rainey (8-3).

A Season 10 Welterweight Tournament Semifinalist, Justin Baesman will fight California native Fernando Gonzales and Ray Sloan will look to keep his undefeated record intact in a light heavyweight battle against Nick Moghaddam.

Main Card:

  • Featherweight Feature Fight: Daniel Straus (22-5) vs. Justin Wilcox (14-6)
  • Welterweight Feature Fight: Marius Zaromskis (20-8) vs. Karo Parisyan (24-10-1)
  • Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rafael Silva (21-4) vs. Rob Emerson (16-10-1)
  • Middleweight Feature Fight: Christian M’Pumbu (18-6-1) vs. Kendall Grove (19-14-1)

Preliminary Card:

  • Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12) vs. Malik Merad (19-11)
  • Welterweight Feature Fight: Justin Baesman (14-5) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (21-12)
  • Catchweight Feature Fight (177lbs): Johnny Cisneros (8-3) vs. Ricky Rainey (8-3)
  • Lightweight Feature Fight: Sergio Rios (8-0) vs. Saad Awad (15-6)
  • Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Moghaddam (6-7) vs. Ray Sloan (7-0)
  • Middleweight Feature Fight: Keith Berry (15-13) vs. Joe Pacheco (7-2)
  • Bantamweight Feature Fight: Shawn Bunch (2-1) vs. TBA

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at the Pechanga Box Office, or

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