Brandon Halsey is ready to square off with Rafael Carvalho at “Bellator 144” for the championship he never truly lost in competition. Earlier this year in May, Halsey was all set to defend his Bellator Middleweight Championship with Kendall Grove at “Bellator 137”. However, the day before his defense Halsey missed weight and was stripped of the title. The stipulations of the fight the following day were changed so that Grove would take home the championship in the event of a victory, but Halsey ended up knocking the Hawaiian out in the fourth round of the catchweight bout.
As a result of his victory, the middleweight championship has since remained vacant. Bellator President Scott Coker recently appeared on “The MMA Road Show” and announced that any issues the company had with their former champion have since been resolved and he will be meeting Rafael Carvalho for the title at “Bellator 144”.
The card will take place on October 23rd at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Since losing in his first professional appearance in 2011, Carvalho has not lost a bout in his twelve fight career. The middleweight is coming fresh off a major victory over kickboxing standout Joe Schilling at Bellator 136 in April. Carvalho is undefeated in the Bellator cage at 2-0 and will be looking to line up his third win with a championship victory.
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