After a month long hiatus, Bellator MMA is back in action this week as the organization heads to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., for Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho.

A solid card with some great matchups, Bellator 144 is an event fight fans should not miss. Between a welterweight prospect showcase, a featherweight up-and-comer showdown, and a tilt for the vacant Bellator middleweight title, this event has to potential to produce some real fireworks on Spike TV.

Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros

Kicking off the main card is a welterweight bout between dynamic prospect Page and Bellator newcomer Ontiveros. Ontiveros is a good young fighter in his own right but he is in a bad situation against Page. Page is one of the most talented and unorthodox strikers in Bellator and with three knockout losses on his record already it kind of feels like Ontiveros is a lamb being led to slaughter. Expect Page to win and win in impressive fashion.

Prediction: Page via TKO, Round 1

Goiti Yamauchi vs. Isao Kobayashi

In the second bout of the evening, top featherweight up-and-comers Yamauchi and Kobayashi will take the cage looking for a statement win that could result in a title shot. With 14 of his 18 career wins coming by way of submission, it’s clear Yamauchi is going to look to get this fight to the ground. But Kobayashi’s striking and his takedown defense could make that very difficult. This bout has a lot of potential to steal the show, but at the end of the bout, Yamauchi should be able to edge out a victory.

Prediction: Yamauchi via Unanimous Decision

Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson

In the co-main event of the evening, welterweight veterans Ward and Olson will battle it out. Olson heads into this bout with a 0-3 record in Bellator and on the heels of a second round TKO loss to Paul Daley; Olson desperately wants a win here. But the odds of that happening are slim to none as Ward has looked great in his last two outings; making the move down to welterweight has obviously paid off.

Prediction: Ward via TKO, Round 2

Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho for the vacant Bellator Middleweight Title

In the main event of the evening, Halsey will look to reclaim that title that he was stripped of. Halsey was expected to defend his title at Bellator 137 against Kendall Grove, but after missing weight by three pounds, Halsey was stripped of his title. Still undefeated in his MMA career with three consecutive victories by stoppage, Halsey will enter the cage on Friday with a big chip on his shoulder.

Halsey’s opponent Carvalho is a dangerous striker riding an 11 fight winning streak, but it’s hard to envision Halsey not winning this bout. Halsey’s wrestling is too strong and his ground game is too solid. Carvalho has the power to shock Halsey and win, but he won’t be able to land those power shots after he is put on his back.

Prediction: Halsey via Submission, Round 2

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