Written by Ty Reynolds @MMAtylander
Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho will take place October 23, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Kevin Haley emerged victorious after a battle of attrition with Mike Zichelle that saw Zichelle lose more than a slight amount of blood. The event airs live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Kevin Haley vs. Mike Zichelle took place on the preliminary portion of the card
Early take down from Haley. Passes to side control and then moves to norh south. Zichelle gets a guillotine attempt around the 2:30 mark, but Haley gets out and mounts. Now going for a rear naked choke. The crowd is behind the favorite Zichelle. Zichelle is surviving and has wrist control on Haley’s left arm now. Arm bar attempt from Haley. He has Zichelle in trouble. The round ends with Haley on top looking for the armbar.
Another very early take down from Haley. Zichelle is trying to look for another guillotine choke, but has nothing. Haley now in half guard. Haley grabs his own guillotine attempt as Zichelle tries to reverse to top position. Zichelle now in Haley’s guard throwing hard punches. 2 minutes left in the round. More heavy blows from Zichelle. Haley is looking tired now as he tries to hold on. Hammerfist now from Zichelle. 1 minute left in Round 2. Haley still holding his closed guard. Ref stands them up with about 15 secs left. Huge right hand for Zichelle in the final 10 seconds of the round.
Zichelle looks to be the fresher fighter going into the final round. Heavy kick from Zichelle, but Haley catches it and puts him on the mat against the cage. Haley works his way to half guard and is landing short blows while seemingly looking to isolate an arm. 3 minutes left in the round. Zichelle is busted up from an elbow. THIS CUT IS BAD. It immediately started spouting. This could be over. The doctor is checking it out. The fight will continue and restart in half guard with Haley on top. Half way through the final stanza. Zichelle is trying to hold on as Haley secuares position. Still in half guard. 2 minutes left. Haley forces Zichelle to give up his back. Zichelle reverses back to top position with 1 minute left in the fight. Haley is stalling with only 30 seconds left. Fighters are stood up. 15 secs left. Zichelle is take down while trying to land a Ko shot and that ends it.
Kevin Haley def. Mike Zichelle via Unanimous decision(30-27, 29-28, 29-28) RD 3 15:00
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