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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.
Jason Radcliffe    Bellator    Middleweight
Radcliffe lost to John Salter via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of Round 1 at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Radcliffe took this fight on relatively short notice. He did not have very much momentum after dropping his previous two fights on smaller shows. In this fight, he did not really get the chance to show very much. Salter was in the driver's seat throughout the fight and finished with an early submission. Radcliffe landed a hard leg kick, but afterwards Salter took him down and finished the fight easily. The British fighter falls to 1-1 in Bellator and 12-5 overall.
John Salter    Bellator    Middleweight
Salter defeated Jason Radcliffe via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:55 of Round 1 at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

It took Salter a long time to make it back to a major promotion after washing out of the UFC in 2010. He has certainly made the most of his time in Bellator. With this victory, he improves to 5-0 in the promotion, and he is quickly rising up the middleweight ladder. After eating a leg kick early, Salter changed levels and pushed Radcliffe up against the cage. From there he scored the takedown easily and moved to the back. Salter remained patient, waited for an opening to sink the choke and finished the fight. Salter improved his professional record to 15-3.
Jessica Middleton    Bellator    Flyweight
Middleton lost to Denise Kielholtz via submission (scarfhold armbar) at 1:16 on Round 1 at Belltor 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Middleton came out of nowhere to start her Bellator career with back-to-back wins. However, since defeating Alice Yauger at Bellator 171, Middleton has now lost three fights in a row. She tried to striking with the kickboxing champion early, but eventually closed the distance. Kielholtz threw her easily and then moved into position for the submission. With the loss, Middleton falls to 2-3 overall and in Bellator.
Denise Kielholtz    Bellator    Strawweight
Kielholtz defeated Jessica Middleton via submission (scarfhold armbar) at 1:16 on Round 1 at Belltor 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fantasy Analysis

Kielholtz had made her MMA debut two years ago without very much fanfare. After winning the Bellator Kickboxing flyweight championship and defended the belt once, she decided to return to MMA. Despite coming from a striking background, she was able to score the finish with a submission less than two minutes into the first round. Kielholtz came out throwing hard punches, but when Middleton closed the distance she countered with a head and arm throw. From there, she locked in a scarfhold armbar and got the tap. It will be interesting to see where she goes in the Bellator flyweight division. Middleton was certainly not in the title picture, but she was 2-2 in the promotion going into this fight.
Goiti Yamauchi    Bellator    Lightweight
Yamauchi will take on Michael Chandler at Bellator 192 on January 20, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Yamauchi will face a stiff test against Chandler after winning his past three fights to improve his career record to 22-3. Most recently, Yamauchi topped Adam Piccolotti via submission (rear-naked choke) in late September, and has won 18 of his 22 fights by submission. On the other side, Chandler enters having lost the lightweight belt to Brent Primus in June, which was mired with controversy after the referee stopped the bout due to Chandler's apparent ankle injury.
Michael Chandler    Bellator    Lightweight
Chandler will face Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 192 on January 20 in Inglewood, California, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Although Chandler won't get his rematch against Brent Primus at this point in time, the former lightweight champion will return to the arena for the first time since his June defeat. Prior to his loss, Chandler had won his previous four bouts, and will look to get back on track against Yamauchi, who is currently riding a three-fight winning streak.
Jake Hager    Bellator    Heavyweight
Hager has signed a deal with Bellator and will join their heavyweight division, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hager, better known in the WWE as Jack Swagger, has decided to make the switch to MMA and will make his debut with Bellator. Hager was a standout wrestler in college, setting the single-season record at the University of Oklahoma for most pins in a season (30) in 2006. While a date isn't been set for his first fight, the former WWE World Heavyweight and U.S. champion has already signed with the promotion.
Patricio Freire    Bellator    Featherweight
Freire will no longer fight Daniel Wichel at Bellator 188 due to a knee injury, MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Feire indicated he's actually dealing with a few different injuries, but the knee was most notable and the reason he'll be unable to defend his belt against Wichel on Nov. 16. He's expected to take the next 30 days off entirely before resuming training again, but Freire did indicate he plans to reschedule the fight against Weichel in February at the latest, so an eventual matchup between the two should eventually take place.
Brian Moore    Bellator    Featherweight
Moore lost to AJ McKee via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:42 of Round 3 at Bellator 187 on Friday in Dublin, Ireland.

Fantasy Analysis

Moore came into this fight as a +900 underdog and nearly pulled off the upset. He had McKee hurt in the first and second round and nearly capitalized. However, McKee survived and came out in the third round with a purpose. The American dropped Moore and finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. With the loss, Moore falls to 10-6 as a professional an 1-2 in Bellator. His other loss in Bellator besides this one came against number-one contender Daniel Weichel, so he has faced tough competition. Fans should expect to see Moore when Bellator makes their return to Europe.