Bellator 144: A Night of Stunning Upsets and Rising Stars

Bellator 144, held on October 23, 2015, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, was a night of thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes. The event featured 13 fights, with the main event being a clash for the vacant Middleweight Championship between Brandon Halsey and Rafael Carvalho.

The Main Event: Halsey vs. Carvalho

The main event saw Rafael Carvalho become the new Bellator middleweight champion after knocking out former champion Brandon Halsey. Halsey, who was previously undefeated, dominated the first round with his powerful takedowns and jiu-jitsu. He nearly submitted Carvalho in the first round with a head-and-arm choke, but Carvalho managed to escape.

In the second round, Halsey again attempted to take Carvalho down. However, Carvalho showed excellent balance against the cage as he fought off Halsey’s attempts at a dominant position. Halsey then decided to try his hand at a stand-up exchange, which proved to be a mistake. Within seconds, Carvalho landed a perfectly placed kick to Halsey’s liver, causing the former champion to collapse. Carvalho then rained down a few punches on his fallen foe, leading the referee to call a halt to the bout, crowning Carvalho as the new champion.

The Co-Main Event: Page vs. Ontiveros

The co-main event featured Michael “Venom” Page, a rising star in the welterweight division, against Charlie Ontiveros. Page, known for his flashy and unorthodox fighting style, did not disappoint. He secured a victory over Ontiveros in the first round with a knockout, further solidifying his reputation as a fighter to watch.

Other Notable Fights

The event also featured other notable fights, including Brennan Ward against Dennis Olson in the welterweight division. Ward, who had recently dropped down to welterweight, continued his winning streak at 170 with a fast stoppage of Olson.

In the featherweight division, Matt Bessette secured a submission victory over Kevin Roddy, while in the bantamweight division, Kin Moy won by submission against Walter Smith-Cotito.


Bellator 144 was a night of high stakes, stunning upsets, and rising stars. It showcased the unpredictability and excitement of MMA, with fighters like Rafael Carvalho and Michael Page making their mark. As we look back, it’s clear that this event played a significant role in shaping the future of Bellator.


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