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Jeremiah Labiano    Bellator    Featherweight
Labiano lost to Noad Lahat via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Labiano appears to be the fighter in Bellator who always faces fighters in their hometowns. He had been set to face James Gallagher in Ireland. However, after Gallagher suffered a knee injury, Labiano ended up facing Noad Lahat in Israel. The American fighter had some moments on the feet. He landed some hard leg kicks and uppercuts, but he could not stop takedowns from Lahat. He ended up stuck on the ground eating strikes in each of the rounds. Labiano falls to 2-2 in Bellator and 11-6 as a professional.
Noad Lahat    Bellator    Featherweight
Lahat defeated Jeremiah Labiano via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Lahat left the UFC and signed with Bellator last year. He won his first two fights over Scott Cleve and Lloyd Carter before losing to Henry Corrales at Bellator 182. Lahat got back on track here with a decision over Jeremiah Labiano. He had some issues on the feet. Labiano's striking style gave him trouble, and he probably ate more strikes than he would have liked. However, Lahat was able to win in front of his hometown crowd in Israel. In all three rounds, he was able to score takedowns and do damage from the top. In the second round, the referee took a point from him for a ground strike and strikes to the back of the head. In the end, that did not matter as Lahat took home the unanimous decision. He improves to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in Bellator.
Rami Abuhav    Bellator    Middleweight
Abuhav lost to Alex Nikulin via TKO (punches) at 1:57 of Round 1 at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

In retrospect, Abuhav may have bitten off more than he could chew when he decided to make his professional debut in the Bellator cage. Nikulin took about a minute and a half to judge the distance. Once he figured out the range, he unleashed a combination that finished the fight. Nikulin might end up getting another shot if the promotion returns to Israel next year.
Alex Nikulin    Bellator    Middleweight
Nikuliin defeated Rami Abuhav via TKO (punches) at 1:57 of Round 1 at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Due to all the quick finishes on the main card, this bout ended up being a late addition to the broadcast. Nikulin picked up his second-straight victory for Bellator with a first-round knockout over Rami Abuhav. He needed less than two minutes to land a hard combination and stop his opponent. Abuhav was making his professional MMA debut, so Nikulin was favored to win. However, he stepped up and took care of business. Nikulin improves to 2-0 in Bellator and 2-1 as a professional.
Arsen Faitovich    Bellator    Welterweight
Faitovich lost to Haim Gozali via submission (triangle choke) at 0:45 of Round 1 at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Faitovich was clearly not put in a position for success. He was fighting outside of his native country for the first time and competing against a local favorite. Despite having a sizable reach advantage, Faitovich chose to take the fight to the ground. After securring the takedown, he ended up caught in a triangle choke submission. After a few seconds, he was forced to submit. With the defeat, Faitovich's professional record falls to 4-2.
Haim Gozali    Bellator    Welterweight
Gozali defeated Arsen Faitovich via submission (triangle choke) at 0:45 of Round 1 at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Gozali got back on a track with a quick submission victory over Arsen Faitovich. In his previous fight, he lost for the first time in his Bellator career against Ryan Couture. Against Faitovich, Gozali got taken down early in the fight. However, he immediately locked in a triangle choke and finished the fight. It remains unclear what this win will mean for Gozali's career. This was Faitovich's first fight outside of his native Ukraine, so he was not exactly a veteran opponent. At the very least, Gozali will have a spot on the card the next time Bellator returns to Israel. At this point, it appears that it might be an annual trip. Gozali improved to 8-4 as a professional and 2-1 in Bellator.
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