Bellator returns to Southern California’s Pechanga Resort and Casino on Friday October 3rd for Bellator 127. Daniel Straus (22-5) will face Justin Wilcox (14-6) in the main event of the evening with hopes to earn a fight with the top dogs of the division. With a former featherweight tournament winner and a promising Bellator prospect battling it out, who will leave the cage victorious?
In his last fight, Pat Curran took the featherweight strap back by submission in the championship rematch. Straus is going to be dead set on beating Justin Wilcox in his pursuit back to the top of the division. Straus’s only 2 losses in the Bellator arena have been to Pat Curran and Pitbull, and there’s a strong argument that he deserves to fight either featherweight if he’s able to make a statement next Friday. Straus has proven able to impress the judges 14 times in his career when the fight goes the distance. If Wilcox is looking to go 3 rounds against Straus, he has to be prepared to beat the former champ at his best game.
Justin Wilcox (14-6) earned his keep in the MMA world with a great career in Strikeforce. His experience shows in his 3-1 record in Bellator heading into Bellator 127’s main event. His only loss was a first round KO by Pitbull, a favor Wilcox would love repay. He will not likely earn a title shot with a win, but he would definitely earn a spot in the top tier of the division if he can pull one over on a name like Straus. Both Straus and Wilcox have won the majority of their fights by decision, so it will be interesting to see who can put on the best show for the judges if the fight makes the 5 round distance.
Bellator 127’s full lineup:
Featherweight: Daniel Straus (22-5) vs. Justin Wilcox (14-6)
Welterweight: Fernando Gonzalez (21-12) vs. Karo Parisyan (24-10-1)
Bantamweight: Rafael Silva (21-4) vs. Rob Emerson (16-10-1)
Middleweight: Christian M’Pumbu (18-6-1) vs. Kendall Grove (19-14-1)
Light Heavyweight: Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12) vs. Malik Merad (19-11)
Welterweight: Justin Baesman (14-5) vs. Johnny Mercurio (6-6)
Catchweight Feature Fight (177lbs): Johnny Cisneros (8-3) vs. Ricky Rainey (8-3)
Lightweight: Sergio Rios (8-0) vs. Saad Awad (15-6)
Light Heavyweight: Nick Moghaddam (6-7) vs. Ray Sloan (7-0)
Middleweight: Keith Berry (15-13) vs. Joe Pacheco (7-2)
Bantamweight: Shawn Bunch (2-1) vs. David Duran (2-2)