Bellator middleweight champion, Rafael Carvalho, is still ecstatic about his brutal 44-second KO win over Alessio Sakara, during his last title defense, at Bellator 190. As the champion said to Combate, not even he expected such a quick ending to the match.
“I always prepare for five rounds. I didn’t expect it to end so fast like that. My shots just connected, one after the other, and I was able to win and keep my belt. When I threw that elbow, my intention was to cut him. When I noticed it really hurt him and that he was crumbling down, I couldn’t miss that chance. It was such a joy, especially in his backyard. I heard the place getting quieter and quieter and they all started applauding me. He’s a very experienced guy, it was one of the biggest wins of my career.”
Now, with a highlight reel win over Sakara, Carvalho has set his sights on another veteran who has recently joined Bellator: Gegard Mousasi.
“People talk a lot about John Salter and Gegard Mousasi. They are the ones who stand out. If I could choose, I would like to face Mousasi, because of all the baggage he has. He’s a star in MMA, I would like that challenge. I think he could be the next title challenger, but I’m always confident I’ll win.”
Mousasi won his Bellator debut against Alexander Shlemenko by unanimous decision in October. Carvalho is still undefeated in Bellator, with six straight wins. In fact, his sole professional loss was in his first fight back in December 2011.