Live from Temecula, California at Pechanga Results Casino, here are your play-by play-results of Bellator 127.
Christian M’Pumbu def. Kendall Grove Via Rear Naked Choke
Kendall Grove started the match with a tremendous right hand, knocking down M’Pumbu and following him to the ground. M’Pumbu worked to stand on his feet, eventually getting Grove to his back against the cage. Both traded positions against the cage before breaking out. Grove got stuffed M’Pumbu’s takedown, but he was able to work back to his feet before the bell.
Grove worked the opening minutes of the round hard with a series of jabs, landing a great punching combination. M’pumbu got worked to the cage, where he tried to work the thai clinch. Grove shot under the clinch and got the takedown. M’Pumbu tried to roll through for a kneebar, but Grove stacked him and got a hook in from the back. Grove took M’Pumbu’s back and was able to take the rear naked choke victory.
Rafael Silva Def. Robert Emerson via Unanimous Decision
Early on, Silva dropped Emerson with a hard right and follwed into Emerson’s half guard. Emerson tried to work his ground game and was able to get Silva into his full guard. The pair were ordered to stand by the referee. Silva was able to take Emerson down against the cage. Emserson was able to defend Silva from taking his back, but he got around to side control and came down hard with his left elbow for the remainder of the round.
Silva started the round with a series of head kicks. Silva clowned Emerson into coming in for a takedown and landed in his guard. Emerson’s feet and hands were removed from the cage multiple times by the referee. Silva was able to continually take Emerson down in this second round. He had little answer to Silva’s multiple takedowns and calculated striking.
Emerson landed a good knee to the body in the opening minutes, but Silva worked for yet another takedown. Emerson stood out and landed a good left punch on Silva, but he is taken down and controlled on the ground for the remainder of the fight. Silva definitely deserved the unanimous decision win.
Fernando Gonzalez Def. Karo Parisyan via TKO (Punches)
Parisyan moved in for a clinch after early jabs exchanged in the opening round. Gonzalez connected with a left uppercut as he moved in for the clinch, following Parisyan to the ground and finishing him with relentless ground and pound. With no defense from Parisyan, referee Mike Beltran stopped the contest for a TKO by punches victory for Gonzalez.
Daniel Straus Def. Justin Wilcox via. TKO (Punches)
There was a lot of aggressive maneuvering on the part of both fighters in the opening seconds of the fight. Wilcox tried to sweep in for a flying knee and other attempts to close the distance early against Straus. Wilcox lunged hard for a right cross but over extended himself and got clocked with a hard counter left from Straus that crumbled him. Straus landed a few lefts before being called off by John McCarthy for the TKO punch victory.