Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho Pre-Fight Stats

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)