Bellator 127: Straus KOs Wilcox In Impressive First Round Win
- Updated: October 4, 2014
TEMULCA, Calif. – Featherweight Daniel Straus defeats Justin Wilcox with an impressive first round knockout in the main event of Bellator 127 on Friday at Pechanga Resort and Casino. Straus improves to 23-5 with the victory dropping Wilcox to 14-7 with the impressive performance.
The middleweight feature fight turned into a two-round battle with Kendall Grove staying in control throughout the fight against the improved striking attack of Christian M’Pumbu who was making his debut at 185. Grove set the tone with an early knockdown and pressed the attack throughout the remainder of the first round. Grove would take the fight in second round after getting the takedown he took M’Pumbu’s back and got the submission win with a rear-naked choke. Grove is now 20-14 while M’Pumbu drops to 18-7.
Rafael Silva would control the entire bantamweight fight against Rob Emerson after catching Emerson in the first round and immediately taking the fight to the mat. Silva would take Emerson down several times in the fight and used a strong and grinding style to keep the fight in his hands. Silva did just enough offensively from his feet to keep Emerson at bay while setting up the onslaught of takedowns that would earn him the fight win. Silva improves to 22-4 with the unanimous decision win that drops Emerson to 16-11.
Welterweights went to battle next as Karo Parisyan and Fernando Gonazalez took to the cage in what would be a short fight with a couple of serious exchanges. Gonzalez would get the better of the exchanges, dropping Parisyan with a shot in the first round and then following him to the ground for a flurry of shot until the fight was eventually stopped. Gonzalez is now 22-12 while Parisyan falls to 24-11.
In the main event, another short fight followed as Straus needed only a matter of seconds to knockout Wilcox and take the main event win. Straus looked impressive as he seeks another shot at the featherweight crown that he lost to Pat Curran.