One of the major open questions over the last decade has been the capacity of American MMA promotions to expand out into Europe. Throughout continental Europe, martial arts and combat sports enjoy public prestige, but MMA has had trouble gaining a foothold, especially in continental Europe. The major strategy of the UFC in recent years has been to partner with the judo community...
Former featherweight champion Daniel Straus produced a swift finish in his Bellator 127 headliner against Justin Wilcox, dropping him to the canvas with a left hand with a single follow-up punch on the mat sealing the knockout win in just 50 seconds.
In the co-main event Karo Parisyan’s recent two-fight winning streak crumbled at the hands of Fernando Gonzales who floored him with...
Bellator 127: Straus vs. Wilcox
When: October 3rd, 2014
Where: Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California
How: Spike TV
Kendall Grove vs. Christian M’Pumbu
Karo Parisyan vs. Marius Zaromskis
Daniel Straus vs. Justin Wilcox
Phil Baroni and Karo Parisyan recently clashed in a welterweight bout, at Bellator 122, that instantly brought me back to the infancy of my MMA mega fandom. In 2003, Baroni took the UFC by storm with his “New York Bad Ass” persona and brutal knockout power, and Parisyan made his UFC debut with an impressive display of Judo that shook the welterweight division. I was surprised...