Bellator 188 has just wrapped up from Tel Aviv, well technically the show ended on Thursday, but the tape-delayed broadcast has just wrapped up. The top of the billing saw Noad Lahat pick up a unanimous decision victory over Jeremiah Labiano. The rest of the main card was absolute hot fire as each of the three bouts concluded in less than two minutes each. Haim Gozali choked out Arsen Faitovich in a swift 45 seconds, John Salter subbed Jason Radcliffe in 1:55, and Denise Kielholtz opened up the card with a 1:16 armbar of Jessica Middleton. Check out all of the deets below!
Noad Lahat def. Jeremiah Labiano by Unanimous Decision (29-27 x3): Featherweight
These two featherweights came out looking to throw hands for the first minute of the opening round. It was Lahat who closed the distance first, and initiated the clinch, but didn’t really do much with it. Once back on the feet, the athletes went shot for shot, until Labiano lost his balance and fell on his back. Lahat would remain in the closed guard of Labiano for the remainder of the round.
Labiano started the second stanza with some intensity, by throwing heavy leather, but only really connected on a single uppercut. A inadvertent low blow to Labiano caused a halt to the action, to which the Israeli crowd vocally expressed their disapproval. Once the action resumed, Lahat rapidly closed the distance, scoring a takedown and keeping it. Labiano struggled with the top pressure of his opponent, but was gifted a standup after Lahat threw a few illegal elbows to the back of the head. The referee deducted a point from Lahat, and the action continued. The action resumed into a giant scramble, with Lahat working for leg locks while Labiano searched for strikes.
It was Labiano who racked up some control time to start the final round, but Lahat responded to his coach Robert Follis, and secured a takedown to control the situation. Lahat racked up some ground strikes as his opponent offered up very little from the bottom. The referee stood them up for the final 10 seconds, and the 145’ers obliged the crowd by slugging it out in the closing moments of the fight.
Peep the slugfest in the final 10 seconds of the bout:
Haim Gozali def. Arsen Faitovich by Submission (Triangle) at :45 of round 1: Welterweight
Gozali pressured forward behind a series of probing hooks, which caused Faitovich to shoot in for a takedown. From his back, Gozali quickly walked up his legs to lock in a Triangle Choke, cleared the arm across, and then pulled down on the head which appeared to put Faitovich to sleep. Luckily, the referee was right on top of the action to stop the bout, just as Gozali was transitioning to the armbar.
Check out Haim Gozali’s 1st round fire finish of Arsen Faitovich:
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John Salter def. Jason Radcliffe by Submission (RNC) at 1:55 of round 1: Middleweight
Salter wasted little time in closing the distance in pursuit of the takedown, and Radcliffe stuffed the initial effort, but ultimately ended up on the ground. Radcliffe exposed his back, to his opponent’s delight, and before he had an opportunity to improve his position, Salter sunk a fight-ending rear-naked choke.
John Salter is a frickin’ savage who ONLY finishes his foes:
Denise Kielholtz def. Jessica Middleton by Submission (Armbar) at 1:16 of round 1: Flyweight
Middleton came pressing forward but ate a series of punches from Kielholtz that landed rather flush. Kielholtz landed a head and arm throw, and locked up an ultra rare scarfhold armbar, which is basically a caveman armbar with extra bit of flare.
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Kielholtz won with a sensational submission, but she is really known for her striking: