100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Daniel Straus - 92.4
2. Saad Awad - 92.4
3. Ricky Rainey - 92.1
4. Fernando Gonzalez - 92.0
5. Kendall Grove - 91.8
6. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - 91.7
7. Justin Baesman - 90.3
8. Rafael Silva - 90.1
9. Ray Sloan - 90.1
10. John Mercurio - 90.1
Bellator 127: Straus vs. Wilcox
Location: Temecula, California
Elevation: 1,017'
-Fight of the Night-
Kendall Grove vs. Christian MPumbu
Fighters & Matches 88.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.7
     These guys started this fight by trading some random strikes, with Mercurio landing the more significant shots with his hard leg kicks. He was also moving forward, chasing Baesman around the cage. Baesman unloaded with some heavy combinations in the final minute of the round, and then clinched, but Mercurio finished the round in control of the clinch. That was a close round, but I would probably score it just slightly in favor of Mercurio.
     Mercurio continued to plow forward for most of the second round, as he continued to pick apart Baesman with punches & kicks. Baesman was still firing back with some decent shots, but he was moving backward way too much, and he wasn't throwing enough offense to win the round. I have Mercurio ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it's been a pretty close fight so far.
     Baesman came out swinging in the third round, and blasted Mercurio with some heavy shots, but Mercurio came back swinging as well to back him off. Mercurio's nose was busted up, but he never stopped coming forward, ready to stand & exchange with Baesman, who was still for the most part, backing up, but landing decent shots this round. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Mercurio, and I think most people would agree with me, but for some reason, two judges gave the fight to Baesman for the split-decision victory.
(Knee and Punches)
      Cisneros stayed on the outside, practically up against the cage for the entire fight, while Rainey stayed in the center, picking him apart with strikes. They eventually clinched, Rainey beat him up inside the clinch. They separated, Cisneros ran in for a takedown, Rainey countered with a knee, knocking Cisneros to the ground, where Rainey finished him off with some Sakuraba double hammerfists. Nice win for Ricky Rainey.
      I've never heard of Merad, but he's basically a 6'5" awkward giant. Sokoudjou chopped him down with leg kicks to start the first round, and then took him down halfway through the round. Sokoudjou methodically blasted Merad with massive elbows on the ground, cutting open his forehead, and leaving the entire canvas covered in blood. Sokoudjou passed guard, and continued to batter Merad with brutal ground & pound. He went for an Americana with a minute left in the round, but he wasn't able to complete the submission. Sokoudjou won that round, 10-8 on my scorecard, leaving Merad a bloody mess.
     The second round was a repeat of the first, with Sokoudjou taking down Merad 30 seconds into the round, and then he spent another 3+ minutes beating the shit out of him with punches & elbows from inside Merad's guard. The referee stood them up halfway through the round, but Sokoudjou took down Merad seconds later, and went back to beating the shit out of him with punches & elbows, this time from half mount. With one minute left in the round, Sokoudjou rained down hell on Merad's head with some BRUTAL elbows, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Sokoudjou is a fucking beast! Granted, Merad isn't exactly top competition, but Sokoudjou is showing that he still has some solid skills.
      These guys spent the first round trading "hard sparring" strikes, with Pacheco shooting for a few takedowns, and Berry stuffing his shots every time, while throwing punches to punish him for the aggression. It wasn't a great round overall, but I scored it for Berry. The second round was more of the same, with both guys trading tired looking sparring style strikes. Pacheco cut open Berry's right eye with a punch 2 minutes into the round, which caused his face to quickly cover with blood. I scored that round for Pacheco, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round basically had Pacheco beating up Berry with punches, and Berry's bloody face really didn't do him any favors when it comes to judging overall damage dealt. With that being said, I think Pacheco pretty clearly won this fight, 29-28, but for some reason, two judges gave the fight to Berry. It was close, so I'm not going to complain too much, but Berry ended up failing a drug test for marijuana, so officially, the fight was declared a no contest, but I'm going to leave it as a split-decision, because fuck no contests for weed.
      Rios started the first round clipping Awad with a right hand, knocking Awad down, they went to the ground, and Rios pulled guard. Not much happened down there, and they stood back up. They traded strikes pretty evenly for the rest of hte round, until the final 20 seconds, when Awad nearly finished Rios with some brutal combinations. If the fight would have continued another 10 seconds or so, Awad might have been able to finish the fight. Awad pretty much beat the shit out of Rios in the second round, even riding his head like it was some sort of weird rodeo, while Awad punished him with hammerfists. Rios tried to desperately secure a takedown, and he failed miserably in that second round, possibly giving up a 10-8 round to Awad. That would have been a tough round to watch for fans of Rios. Luckily, I'm here for Saad Awad. Rios ALMOST quit between rounds, but his corner talked him into going back out there. Rios landed a few decent shots in the third round, but again, it was a Saad Awad round, as he beat the shit out of Rios, chased him around the cage, and rocked him several times. Solid 30-26 victory for Awad in my opinion, and for the most part, all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      The first round of this fight was highlighted by Moghaddam taking a kick to the balls, and Sloan taking a poke to the eye. Other than that, I think I'd have to give the round to Sloan for landing the better strikes. The second round didn't really show a lot to get excited about. I'd probably give that round to Sloan as well, but both of these guys looked a little out of shape, like they lost all of their energy in the first round, even though it wasn't REALLY that active of a round. The third round was more of the same, with Sloan pretty clearly winning the round, by attacking more often, but neither fighter ended this fight with any real damage done. Not a great showing for either fighter. Sloan wins via unanimous decision, 30-27 on all scorecards.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Grove put M'Pumbu down with the first punch he threw. From there, Grove went for sort of a guillotine, and then tried to grab his back. They clinched, spun around a few times, and then broke apart to exchange punches. M'Pumbu shot for a takaedown late in the round, but Grove was able to stuff it. Grove did a decent job using his range to pick apart M'Pumbu with punches to finish the round in Grove's favor. M'Pumbu spent most of the second round stalking Grove, chasing him while throwing punches. Grove got rocked a little bit in the last half of the round, and they clinched. Grove secured a takedown, M'Pumbu went for a leg lock, and Grove worked his way around to M'Pumbu's back, where he finished the fight with the rear-naked choke.
      The first round had both guys boxing with each other for a minute, and then Silva knocked down Emerson with a right hand, he jumped on him, and worked some ground & pound from half mount in the center of the cage. The referee reset them halfway through the round. Silva quickly took Emerson down again, and he tried to take his back to finish the round. Round one clearly goes to Rafael Silva.
      Silva scored another takedown one minute into the second round. Emerson worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round, and Silva dumped him to the ground again. The referee reset them with a minute left in the round. Emerson landed a few solid strikes, and then Silva took Emerson down again to finish out the round. I have Silva ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      The final round started with Silva taking Emerson down again, but he wasn't able to hold him down this time. They stood back up, and Silva took him back down. Emerson threw some hard elbows from the bottom, but Silva was still in control of the grappling. The referee reset them halfway through the round, and they traded a few more strikes, until Silva scored another takedown with a minute left in the final round. This fight was a clear 30-27 for Rafael Silva, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      These guys traded a few random strikes to start the fight, while circling around each other at a slow pace. Parisyan started rushing forward a bit, he got sloppy, and he slipped after getting punched, and Gonzalez jumped on him, secured half mount, and punched Parisyan in the face repeatedly, mixing in a few elbows, forcing the referee to stop the fight, giving Gonzalez one of the biggest wins of his career, with a first round stoppage of a UFC veteran.
      Wilcox started the fight by moving forward a lot, Straus hammered him with a couple of hard leg kicks, Wilcox continued to come forward, looking for a possible takedown, Straus stuffed the shots without any problem, Wilcox got sloppy, jumped in, Straus dropped him with a massive left hand, Wilcox fell to the ground face first, Straus punched him a few more times, and the referee stopped the fight in under one minute of the first round. That was a fantastic finish by Daniel Straus.