Brandon Halsey never lost the Bellator middleweight title inside the cage.
Now, he’ll get an opportunity to claim it back Friday night when he meets Rafael Carvalho in the main event of Bellator 144.
Set from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the main card airs live on Spike TV after early online prelims.
Halsey was stripped of the belt earlier this year after failing to make weight. He went on to defeat Kendall Grove that night to improve to 9-0.
Carvalho has reeled off 11 consecutive pro wins since losing his first fight, including Bellator victories over Joe Schilling and Brian Rogers.
Along with the title fight, planned main card bouts include Brennan Ward-Dennis Olson, Goiti Yamauchi-Isao Kobayashi and Michael Page-Charlie Ontiveros.
The original main event for the card was to feature Eduardo Dantas vs. Marcos Galvao.
Below are fight-by-fight predictions for the main card, along with predicted prelim winners:
Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho for the vacant Bellator middleweight title
Prediction: Halsey via first round submission
Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson
Prediction: Ward via first round TKO
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Isao Kobayashi
Prediction: Yamauchi via decision
Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros
Prediction: Page via first round KO
Preliminary Card winners:
Matt Bessette, Jeremie Holloway, Pete Rogers, Jr., Kin Moy, Brandon Polcare, Keenan Raymond, TJ Hepburn, Ilya Kotau, Kevin Haley.