Archive | September, 2013

Wilcox winner in Bellator debut

18 Sep

This past Friday night in Temecula, CA… Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox (12-5), made his Bellator debut defeating St. Petersburg’s own Akop Stepanyan (13-6).

The first round was controlled by Stepanyan’s stand up, using a heavy dose of low leg kicks to keep Wilcox off balance and take away his lead leg. He would have trouble finding his range, trying to close the distance on Stepanyan behind strikes, which in turn fell short due to Stepanyan’s foot work.  Wilcox looked to mix in some of his own kicks, but was unable to find his mark on his attempted head kicks, and was also unable to secure any take downs.  After this point, the fight seemed to be in cruise control for his Russian/Armenian opponent.

The first round ended with Wilcox sporting a limp and a hematoma on his left leg. Round 2 saw both men come out quickly looking to land big rights, neither landing anything of significance. A low kick by Stepanyan briefly knocked Wilcox off his feet.

About a minute into round 2, the fight changed drastically. A big spinning heel kick to the back of Wilcox’s head momentarily rocked him. Stepanyan followed up with yet another low leg kick, which is where Wilcox took advantage. He shot off his low leg kick and secured his first take down of the fight.

after some brief work in his opponents closed guard, Stepanyan worked his way up to one knee. This immediately gave Wilcox his opening, securing his back and putting his counterpart to sleep with a Rear Naked Choke, at 2:20 of Round 2.

with this win, Wilcox now advances to the next round of the Bellator Featherweight Tournament.

Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp

Justin Wilcox fighting for Bellator

11 Sep

Looking to snap a two-fight losing streak, Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox (11-5), makes his Bellator debut this Friday night in Temecula, CA.

Stepping in on 7 days notice, Wilcox replaces last years 145 pound Tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev.  His opponent in the opening round tournament is the Russian-Armenian Akop Stepanyan (13-5), fighting out of St. Petersburg Russia.

Returning to the cage for the first time in over a year, the former AKA fighter and Strikeforce Veteran has made the move back home to Pennsylvania, where he trains out of “Fight Club Pittsburgh”. Looking to sharpen up on his stand up, the Gym gives Wilcox a chance to concentrate more on his striking.

A former collegiate wrestler and teammate of Josh Koscheck’s at Edinboro University, Wilcox still makes it a point to come back to Fresno and train at Dethrone Base Camp.

Marty Garabedian

Dethrone Base Camp