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Straus-Wilcox set for Bellator 127

A nontitle featherweight bout between former champion Daniel Straus and Justin Wilcox will headline Bellator 127 on Oct. 3 in Temecula, California.

Bellator MMA officials announced the event on Friday. The live card will take place at Pechanga Resort and Casino and air on Spike TV.

Straus (22-5) forfeited the Bellator 145-pound title in March in a submission loss to Pat Curran in Hammond, Indiana. Before the loss, Straus had won six fight in a row, including a unanimous decision over Curran that won him the title in November.

"I'm ready to get back to work," Straus said in a statement. "I love to stay active, fight as much as I can, and now I have the opportunity to get back on the road to getting my title shot."

Wilcox (14-6) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jason Fischer at Bellator 114 in March. The 35-year-old veteran is 3-1 since signing with Bellator last year.

The winner could position himself to fight for the title next. Curran (20-5) will seek to defend the belt against Patricio Freire (21-2) on Sept. 5.

Also on the Bellator 127 card, officials announced a welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan and Marius Zaromskis and a middleweight fight featuring Kendall Grove and Christian M'Pumbu.