Written by Ty Reynolds @MMAtylander
Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho will take place October 23, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Carvalho weathered an early blitz from Halsey, but eventually landed the championship winning blow in the 2nd stanza. The event airs live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho was the headliner of Bellator 144.
Halsey unsurprisingly takes the fight to the mat within the first 10 secs, but Carvalho momentarily tried to wall walk and get back to his feet. The former champ secures half guard, and then full mount. Now Halsey has a deep arm triangle! 3:30 left and Carvalho is in deep trouble! Carvalho escapes and even puts on an inverted triangle for a moment! Carvalho tries to reverse position bu Halsey can’t be moved. Carvalho manages to make it back to standing with about 2 minutes left in the round, but Halsey takes it right back down. Back up and back down again. 1:43 left. Halsey secures mount again. He’s looking to throw now. Nothing major so far. Halsey still controlling from mount. Carvalho isn’t doing anything to escape the position. The round ends with Halsey dropping small blows.
Halsey wants it on the mat again, but Carvalho still standing, at least for now. 1 minute into the 2nd, and Halsey turns the corner looking for the takedown, but still can’t get it. Carvalho is weathering the takedown storm this round and forces a break. Carvalho lands a huge kick and its done!!! Carvalho is the new champ!!! He finished Halsey with a body kick!!!
Rafael Carvalho def. Brandon Halsey via TKO (body kick) RD 2 1:42