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Brandon Halsey on being stripped of the Bellator Title: “There was a bunch of crap going on behind the scenes”


Brandon Halsey is scheduled to fight Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 144 for the vacant Bellator middleweight title. If you recall, Halsey was stripped of the title for missing weight in his last bout against Kendall Grove at Bellator 137.

Halsey commented on getting another crack at the title and being stripped of it.

“I was always the champion; you have to get your belt taken from you by losing, not because of some controversy. I’m still the champ in my eyes and I always believed it. No one has beaten me for the belt, so being stripped didn’t bug me too much. It’s a technicality. It wasn’t like I lost the belt because I took a loss. You have to get our belt taken from you and I never lost. I’m still the champ in my eyes.”

Halsey (9-0) is currently on a -fight winning streak. In his last five bouts, he beat Hector Ramirez in November of 2013 by first round knockout and then he beat Joe Pacheco in April of 2014 by unanimous decision. In his next two bouts, he submitted Brett Cooper with a first round armbar in July of 2014 and then beat Alexander Shlemenko in September of 2014 by first round rear-naked choke to win the Middleweight title. He is coming off a 4th round TKO of Kendall Grove at Bellator 137.

“There was a bunch of crap going on behind the scenes; I try not to dwell on it. I definitely learnt what to do and what not to do and how everything goes. I took away the positives from it and I don’t like to dwell on it. That’s what a champion does is overcome adversity. I just took away that you can always make yourself stronger. I’m a wrestler, of the thousands and thousands of weigh-ins I’ve done over the years, I’ve never missed weight once in my life. That was something hard to take away from the fight. I carried it on my sleeve a little bit because it was hard for me to take, missing weight. There was factors, but I’m not going to let it hold me back, that’s not who I am. It was tough fighting in the moment, trying to deal with that emotionally, I tried not to carry it into the fight but it’s something I had to deal with.”

Bellator 144 takes place Oct. 23 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims online.

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