Written by Ty Reynolds @MMAtylander
Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho will take place October 23, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Moy and Smith-Cotito put on an entertaining battle before Moy finished things in the final round with a rear naked choke. The event airs live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Kin Moy vs. Walter Smith-Cotito took place on the preliminary portion of the card
Smith-Cotito starts the fight aggressively and is looking to land hard shots against Moy. Moy is firing back and backing Smith-Cotito up from time to time. Cotito goes for a take down and is against the fence. Kim is defending but eventually hits the mat for a moment before standing and giving Cotito his back. Amoise is forming under Moy’s eye. Moy turns around but is still on the fince. He lands some knees and then Cotito fires back. They are both back to the center landing shots now. Cotitio surges forward, lands, and looks for another takedown. He lokcs his hands and lifts for the slam. 30 secs left. Moy stands to end the round, but is still stuck. Round 2 ends against the cage.
The fight stays standing for the first minute of the 2nd round with both men trading blows. Moy is looking a tad more confident now. He stuffs a takedown and then scores an outside trip for his first takedown of the fight. Cotito is holding onto guard, but Moy passes and goes for a guillotine. Cotito survives and is back in half guard. Moy is lloking to advance position and lands a hard left hand from top. 2 minutes left in the round. Back to full guard for Cotito. Cotito stands up and has Moy’s back to the cage. He opens up but gets taken down again. Moy in half guard. 50 secs left. Cotito gets back to full guard. And holds Moy tight. 15 secs. Moy takes the second stanza.
Back to landing hard shots in the center to open the final round. Cotito pushes Moy up against the cage. He has an underhook and is trying to grind Moy. Moy breaks away as the ref calls time to fix Cotito’s shorts. Back to the action. Moy lands some combos. He is getting off first right now. Good kicks from Moy as Cotito answers with a combo of his own. Moy mixing it up well coming to the halfway point of Round 3. Good timing gets Moy a takedown. 2 minutes left in the fight. Cotito needs to get back to his feet. He tries, but gives up his back. Moy trying for a choke using the Gable grip. It looks tight. Cotito is standing, but has to tap with around a minute left in the fight!!!
Kin Moy def. Walter Smith-Cotito via Submission (rear naked choke) RD 3 3:53
Moy moves to 8-2 with the victory, while Smith-Cotito drops to 3-4.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Desmond Green & Matteo Urella.