Written by Ty Reynolds @MMAtylander
Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho will take place October 23, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Goiti Yamauchi looked incredible on his way to a dominant performance and a submission win against Kobayashi. The event airs live in prime time on Spike TV following the preliminary card on MMA Mad. Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi took place on the main card.
Yamauchi starts by backing Kobayashi up, but misses a flying knee and gets taken down. Some scrambling, and both men are up and in the clinch. Yamauchi pulls it to the mat but ends up on bottom. Now in gull guard. Yamauchi transitions to a leg lock and ends up taking Kobayashi’s back. Half way through round 1. Yamauchi has his back on the cage as he looks to set up a choke. He has a tight body triangle is is controlling as the fight goes past 3 minutes. Kobayashi is defending, but not looking for ways to escape. Yamauchi looking to set up a strange reverse arm triangle position, but swichtes back to the rear naked. Lots of pressure no with a minute, but Kobayashi survives. Kobayshi stands up but only has seconds to work. He manges to lands ome shots before the bell.
The 2nd starts with both men circling cautiously before locking up in the middle around a minute in. Kobayahsi hits an outside trip and takes top position. Yamauchi locks a body triangle from guard and is looking to sweep. Kobayashi defends it, but is now trying to ward off a kimura. Yamauchi is cranking it now! Kobayashi has to roll to his back to defend and now Yamauchi is in half guard still working the kimura. Kobayashi is out, but on his back. Yamauchi works top position for the rest of the round and takes it easily.
Yamauchi lands a nice knee to the body to start the final round. Yamauchi catches Kobayahsi and he crumbles to the mat! He’s alive, but Yamauchi is on his back again with over 3 minutes to work. He has a rear naked, and it looks tight. Kobayashi isn’t tapping. No movement. He’s out of the choke, but still in deep trouble. Yamauchi is relentless. 2 minutes left in the fight. Kobayashi has no answers for the grappling game advantage held over him tonight. Yamauchi really cranking a choke this time! That’s it. Kobayashi gets stopped for the first time in his career.
Goiti Yamauchi def. Isao Kobayashi via Submission (rear naked choke) RD 3 3:50