Bellator 188: Lahat vs. Labiano results

Bellator 188 took place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv, but the main card airs tonight on Spike via tape delay, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and you can follow along the results here on MMAjunkie.

In the main event, Noad Lahat meets Jeremiah Labiano in a featherweight bout elevated from the co-feature when featherweight champion Patricio Freire was forced out of his title defense against Daniel Weichel. In the welterweight co-main event, Haim Gozali takes on Arsen Faitovich.

Complete Bellator 188 main-card results include:

  • Noad Lahat vs. Jeremiah Labiano
  • Arsen Faitovich vs. Haim Gozali
  • Jason Radcliffe vs. John Salter
  • Denise Kielholtz vs. Jessica Middleton

For complete coverage of Bellator 188, check out the MMA events section of the site.

Filed under: Bellator, News
Source: MMA Junkie

Will home pressure get to Noad Lahat in Bellator 188 headliner? Jimmy Smith weighs in

Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, Videos

Is the pressure on for Noad Lahat when he fights for Bellator for the second time in front of his home fans in Tel Aviv?

If there’s pressure being a home fan favorite, and being the de facto top guy for a whole country, Lahat didn’t show it a year ago in his promotional debut at Bellator 164. And that impressed Bellator analyst Jimmy Smith.

“Everybody thinks about crowd support – they think about having everyone behind you, they think about having everybody chanting your name,” Smith said in the latest edition of Bellator’s “Foundations” video series, which focused on Lahat. “Fighting has enough pressure, and the idea that you have the hopes of an entire country on your shoulders … everybody’s expecting you to win, hoping that you win, praying that you win – that weighs on you.”

Lahat (11-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) takes on Jeremiah Labiano (11-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in Bellator 188’s main event in Israel, where he was born. The fight takes place tonight, but airs Friday night on Spike on tape delay.

At Bellator 164, Lahat took out Scott Cleve in Tel Aviv with a first-round rear-naked choke. Tonight, he’ll be looking to rebound from his first loss in the promotion with an entire country rooting him on.

“In Israel, the sport is growing, but it’s not huge,” Smith said. “There aren’t a lot of representatives that the country can get behind and go, ‘This is our guy.’ Noad Lahat’s that guy.”

Check out the video above to hear more from Smith about Lahat’s return to Israel.

And for more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie

Check out Noad Lahat's highlight reel before his main event at Bellator 188

Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos

It took an injury to featherweight champion Patricio Freire to elevate Noad Lahat to Thursday’s Bellator 188 main event.

But now Lahat has an opportunity to make the most of his first Bellator headliner – and in front of a friendly crowd. Lahat (11-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) takes on Jeremiah Labiano (11-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in Bellator 188’s main event in Israel, where he was born.

Bellator 188 takes place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. It airs Friday via tape-delay on Spike.

Lahat is as much as a 5-1 favorite over Labiano in his quest to move to 3-1 under the Bellator banner. His debut for the promotion came a year ago at Bellator 164 – also in Israel – when he submitted Scott Cleve with a first-round rear-naked choke.

This week, Lahat, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., will be trying to get back on track after a decision loss to Henry Corrales at Bellator 182 in August.

Before he steps in the cage looking for his third win in four fights, and in his first main event for a major promotion, check out some of Lahat’s highlights courtesy of Bellator in the video above.

And for more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the

Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu rolls out welcome mat for Bellator 188

Filed under: Bellator, Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, Videos

Dann StuppIsrael has rolled out the welcome mat for this week’s Bellator 188 event.

Ahead of Thursday’s event, which takes place at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv (and airs on Spike on Friday via delay), Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with some Bellator luminaries.

The PM’s press office released some photos, as well as a video (watch it above) on its official YouTube page.

Meeting PM Netanyahu were Bellator 188 fighters Noad Lahat and Haim Gozali, as well as Bellator brand ambassadors/notables Fedor Emelianenko and Royce Gracie. They met at the nation’s Parliament in Jerusalem.

The PM even did a little sparring. Check out the above and some photos below.

And for more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/eWnECCaiW5kNAbwcW3FDam/284447”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Benjamin Netanyahu meets Bellator”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Bellator, Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie