Haim Gozali
Has his offense nullified again by Ryan Couture at Bellator 209
November 16, 2018
Gozali lost to Ryan Couture via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26) at Bellator 209 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.
You have to wonder about the matchmaking for this fight. Bellator clearly wanted a feel good story for Gozali. His son fought on the undercard, he was the crowd's favorite fighter, and Mike Goldberg continually called him the father of Israeli MMA. However, they matched him up against a fighter who had neutralized him in a fight a little over a year ago. Gozali could not land on the feet, and Couture was solid enough on the ground to avoid submissions. That was the story of the first fight, and it mostly played out again here.
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Delights the hometown crowd at Bellator 188
November 17, 2017
Gozali defeated Arsen Faitovich via submission (triangle choke) at 0:45 of Round 1 at Bellator 188 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Gozali got back on 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.
Falls against Ryan Couture in second Bellator fight
June 24, 2017
Gozali lost to Ryan Couture via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City.
Gozali was fighting an up-hill battle in this one. He struggled to get anything going on the feet and spent most of the fight stuck with his back on the cage. On a few occasions he pulled guard, but he could not catch or submit Couture. Bellator will likely return to Israel, which means Gozali will get another shot in the promotion. However, there are not a lot of fighters he can beat currently on the roster.
Will match up with Ryan Couture for Bellator 180
April 27, 2017
Gozali will face Ryan Couture in a welterweight contest at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Gozali has a 7-3 record with six submissions but has not been a big part of the fight scene for a while. He has only had one fight (November 2016) since 2012, which ended in a submission (heel hook) over Zane Clerk.