Bellator will return on Friday night as the promotion will be at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and the event will be headlined by a vacant middleweight title bout as former champion Brandon Halsey meets Rafael Carvalho.

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The fight card will begin at 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT with the online preliminary card and the four fight main card will start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Spike TV.

Along with the vacant title fight, the main card will feature Brennan Ward, Michael Page, and the Bellator debut of Isao Kobayashi.

Check out a breakdown of the four fights that will be on the main card broadcast on Spike TV.

Brandon Halsey (9-0) vs. Rafael Carvalho (11-1)
Halsey will be looking to regain the Bellator middleweight title after being stripped of the title earlier this year when he missed weight for his title defense against Kendall Grove. The fight against Grove was scheduled to be his first title defense and he ended up winning that fight by TKO in the fourth round.

  • He won the Bellator middleweight title last year with a 35-second submission win over Alexander Shlemenko and this is the fastest victory in Bellator title fight history.
  • Currently tied with lightweight champion Will Brooks and featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull for the second longest active winning streak in Bellator.
  • Two of his four wins in Bellator middleweight competition have come by submission in the first round.

Carvalho was signed by Bellator last year and scored a TKO victory in his promotional debut against Brian Rogers at Bellator 125. He is coming off a split decision win against Joe Schilling at Bellator 136.

  • Since losing his pro debut in 2011, he has won eleven in a row.
  • Five of his eleven victories have come by stoppage in the first round.
  • Looking to claim his second MMA title as he won the Smash Fight Middleweight Championship in 2013 against Gustavo Machado.

Brennan Ward (11-3) vs. Dennis Olson (14-9)
Ward made the drop to welterweight earlier this year after being a title challenger in the Bellator middleweight division. Since dropping to 170 pounds, he has won back to back fights and is coming off a knockout win against Roger Carroll at Bellator 140 in July.

  • Tied with Doug Marshall, Bryan Baker, and Brian Rogers for the 4th most TKO/KO wins in Bellator middleweight division history.
  • All of his wins in Bellator (7) have come by stoppage (4 TKO/KO, 3 Submissions).
  • Average fight time in his 10 fights in Bellator is 3:44.

Olson returned to Bellator in July and was defeated by Paul Daly by TKO in the third round at Bellator 140. He has gone 0-3 in Bellator and has alternated wins and losses in his last six fights.

  • His previous defeats in Bellator came against David Branch (Bellator 11) and Dan Cramer (Bellator 15).
  • Nine of his fourteen wins have come by submission.
  • Submission victories have come by guillotine choke, armbar, rear-naked choke, d’arce choke, and north-south choke.

Goiti Yamauchi (18-2) vs. Isao Kobayashi (18-2-4)
Friday night will mark the first fight for Yamauchi in 13 months (399 days ago) and he will be looking for his third straight win. His last fight came at Bellator 125 and he scored a rear-naked choke submission victory over Martin Stapleton.

  • Tied with multiple fighters for the 2nd most submission wins in Bellator featherweight division history.
  • Since entering Bellator, Yamauchi is 4-1 and three of his victories have come by stoppage.
  • Fourteen of his eighteen wins have come by submission.

Kobayashi is making his Bellator debut and has won five of his last six fights. He enters this fight with victories in his last two fights and those wins have come against Will Chope and former Bellator featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro.

  • Has scored victories in twelve of his last fourteen fights (12-1-1).
  • Ten victories by stoppage (8 TKO/KO, 2 Submissions).
  • Both of his career defeats have come by decision.

Michael Page (8-0) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (6-3)
Page is considered one of the most exciting fighters to watch in MMA and is coming off a knockout victory against Rudy Bears at Bellator 140. He is 4-0 in Bellator and three of those wins have come by TKO/KO in the first round.

  • Holds the fastest win in Bellator welterweight division history with his 10-second knockout victory at Bellator 93 against Ryan Sanders.
  • Tied with Rich Hawn, Ben Askren, and Ben Saunders for the 4th most TKO/KO wins in Bellator welterweight division history.
  • Has only made it out of the first round once in his career, which came at Bellator 128 against Nah-Shon Burrell (unanimous decision win).

Ontiveros recently signed with Bellator and has alternated wins and losses in his last seven fights. He enters this fight following a split decision win at Legacy FC 44 in August against Bilal Williams and this will be his first fight to take place outside of Legacy FC.

  • After starting his career 3-0, he is 3-3 in his last six fights.
  • All of his defeats have come by TKO/KO.
  • Three wins by stoppage (1 TKO/KO, 2 Submissions).

The current Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho fight card is below.

Main Card: (Spike – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Brandon Halsey (9-0) vs. Rafael Carvalho (11-1)
Brennan Ward (11-3) vs. Dennis Olson (14-9)
Goiti Yamauchi (18-2) vs. Isao Kobayashi (18-2-4)
Michael Page (8-0) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (6-3)

Preliminary Card: ( – 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT)
Pete Rogers Jr. (2-2) vs. Marius Enache (2-3)
Billy Giovanella (8-4) vs. Brandon Polcare (1-0)
Keenan Raymond (2-1) vs. Damien Trites (6-6)
Kin Moy (7-2) vs. Walter Smith-Cotito (3-3)
Matt Bessette (15-7) vs. Kevin Roddy (15-15)
Matt Secor (6-2) vs. Jeremie Holloway (7-0)
Sam Watford (0-0) vs. TJ Hepburn (4-1)
Ilya Kotau (1-0) vs. Kemran Lachinov (1-1)
Kevin Haley (3-3) vs. Mike Zichelle (7-3)

11 Responses

  1. Hardcore MMA fan

    I hate that all these so called MMA journalists and MMA sites keep putting false info on Bellator. For example I see everywhere they saying Tito vs Bonnar peaked at 1.8 million and Kimbo vs Shamrock peaked at 2.1 million. But they know it really peaked 2 million and 2.4 million. They all work for the UFC that’s why they don’t wanna put correct info on Bellator. They see that Bellator has been doing great things and they don’t like that. Bc everyone wants it to fail. Then why not cover UFC only and stop pretending to cover MMA as well.

    Also Fight Matrix makes up shit. I wouldn’t trust em if I were you or anybody. And I don’t.

    What is your take Jason on how MMA is covered? Do you agree with me that everyone mostly covers UFC and only wants them to succeed and not have any real competition to them?

    Do you know who Fedor’s opponent will be? Is it someone from Bellator or KSW?

    • Jason Floyd

      I believe we have had this conversation in the past, but the reason that majority of MMA websites are primarily UFC related content is because that is what gets web traffic. There will be stories here and there that are non-UFC related that will get web clicks. I can speak about this from experience. You may not want to agree with this, but ask anyone that operates a MMA website and they will repeat what I am saying.

      I can not speak for any other MMA media reporters or websites. I can only speak for myself. I want to see all MMA organizations succeed because that’s what this sport needs. Having only one major organization is not good for fighters. Having multiple options will allow fighters to get over paid, which is a great thing.

      In terms of Fedor, it appears the initial opponent announced will end up being his opponent.

  2. Hardcore MMA fan

    Firing Sean wheelock was a huge mistake by Spike. I still don’t understand it. Replacing him with someone that knows nothing about Bellator and that talks about the UFC on all their events. He doesn’t even research the fighters Bellator history. Instead he talks about UFC’s history. I wonder what Spike thinks about it. I bet they really love him.

    What do you think about Seran Grande so far? What things is he doing right and what things can he do better/ fix?

    • Jason Floyd

      Sean Grande is a professional broadcaster and I have a lot of respect for him. Go look at his resume and you will see everything that he has done. When I listen to him on Bellator broadcast, there are things I like and some things that I necessarily do not care for. Mentioning the UFC on the Bellator broadcast is not a big deal in my book and if it was a big deal with Spike, there would be a producer in his headset telling him to stop mentioning the UFC. Give him time and I am sure he will do a quality job calling the fights.

      • Hardcore MMA fan

        But there was nothing wrong with Sean Wheelock. He did a great job calling fights with Jimmy. He has 20 yrs of combat sports experience. I guess it’s bc Spike wants Bellator to be more sport like. IMO they’re a T.V show.

        It’s quite sad Spike has let go so many ppl that love Bellator. I feel bad for them especially Sean Wheelock. He’s really heartbroken and confused.

      • Jason Floyd

        I like the combination of Wheelock and Smith. I thought they were tremendous together and felt they would always educate the viewers. There is much more to a broadcast then the two people on the microphone. Spike did what they felt was best for the broadcast and you have to accept that. This happens all the time in broadcasting. I have seen it happen multiple times in my broadcasting career.

  3. Hardcore MMA fan

    Do you think Shawn Jordan returns to Bellator now that he’s a free agent? He’s 3-1 in Bellator.

    • Jason Floyd

      It’s a smart business decision for Jordan or any fighter to fight out their contract. Get multiple suitors involved and see what you are worth. I am sure his representation will talk to Bellator, UFC, and others.

  4. Hardcore MMA fan

    Why do you think Spike/ Bellator would jump on Palhares if he was a free agent ? When he was cut from the UFC they passed on him under previous regime. That’s why he signed with WSOF. You really think now that Scott Coker is in charge, they’d want him? If Bjorn didn’t want him why would Coker? And I can’t see Spike thinking having Palhares is a great idea bc he isn’t a draw at all.

    What’s the latest with Rampage? Is he heading back to Bellator or is he gonna retire?

    • Jason Floyd

      Depends on what happens next week at the Nevada Athletic Commission meeting and if he receives a suspension. As of right now, he is still under contract with the World Series of Fighting. If he becomes a free agent, Bellator should consider signing him.