Wednesday September 9, 2015– On Friday October 23rd 2015 the vacant Bellator MMA Middleweight title will be up for grabs in the main event of Bellator 144. The Former champion Brandon Halsey (9-0) will take on Rafael Carvalho (11-1).
Halsey is coming off another dominant victory back on May 15, 2015 at Bellator 137. Halsey finished off his opponent Kendall Grove by TKO in round 4. Even though the win was a dominant one Halsey failing to make-weight cost him his title and he was stripped of it. With Halsey being the former champion and never technically losing it Bellator president Scott Coker and their match makers decided to give him another shot at earning back his title. They matched him with the Brazilian Middleweight Rafael Carvalho.
Carvalho who has 11 wins and 9 of them by KO is looking to add his name to the long list of Brazilian champions in MMA, riding an 11 fight win streak with the last 2 wins at Bellator 125 and Bellator 136. Halsey who has a back round in wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jistu, and kickboxing will be looking for the KO early. The knock on Halsey is that his cardio struggles as the fight goes on. The Scouting report is Halsey comes out throwing the kitchen sink in the first couple of rounds. Knowing how dangerous Carvalho is and the KO power he has, Halsey needs to not wear himself down and wait for the perfect opportunity to finish the fight.
Riding a 9 fight win steak and a perfect record there is more than Just the title on the line. Brandon will be fighting in front of his new baby girl for the very first time, and I’m sure he would love to bring the title home with his little girl. When the cage door closes on October 23rd and this 5 round championship fight begins 2 of the most deadliest men in the Middleweight division in all of MMA will be fighting for the top prize. The man who shows the most grit and finds the right openings will become champion.
Just as warning DO NOT BLINK OR MOVE FROM YOUR SEAT!!!! because this fight can be over in the blink of an eye with these to heavy hitters swinging for the fences.
BY: Rick San Bartolome
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