Former Bellator middleweight champion Brandon Halsey has confirmed a report that he is no longer with the promotion.
“It’s what I wanted and think it will be better for me in the long run,” Halsey told FightLine late Thursday night.
The 30-year-old Halsey (9-2) is a former NCAA Div. I wrestler who won the Bellator title in 2014 when he choked out Alexander Shlemenko in just 35 seconds. After that, he was scheduled to defend his belt vs. Kendall Grove in 2015, but after missing weight, Bellator stripped Halsey of the belt.
Halsey went on to defeated Grove via TKO, but was bested by Rafael Carvalho last October in a bout to crown a new champion. He lost to John Salter in June via submission.
Halsey, and the release of Emanuel Newton, was first reported by Jason Floyd of The MMA Report.