New Bellator champ Rafael Carvalho sets his sights on GLORY belt

Apparently an ‘upset of the year’ candidate over Brandon Halsey (9-1) in the main event of Bellator 144 is not enough for Rafael Carvalho. The new Bellator middleweight champion has GLORY gold in his sights now, too.

Carvalho came from behind to beat Halsey at Bellator 144, knocking out the former champion with a power kick to the midsection. 

“I’ve been training that kick for a while,” Carvalho said. “When we saw the opening, we didn’t waste any time. I knew I could do it.”

The success of that kick certainly struck a nerve for Carvalho, who said an all-striking match definitely interests him. 

“I don’t know the belt holder for 185 (pounds) at GLORY, but that’s something I’m interested in doing,” he told MMAjunkie. “I’d like to fight a kickboxing match and fight for that belt.”

As of right now it is unclear what Bellator’s plans are for its newest champion. Most likely he will have to defend the title in the decagon before he can step foot inside a GLORY ring, but as we’ve seen with Joe Schilling, just because Carvalho is an active member of Bellator’s roster doesn’t mean he won’t be allowed to fight for GLORY.

“I’m just going to wait,” he said. “It’s not up to me to decide who I should be fighting next. I’m an employee of (Bellator).”

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