Aviv Gozali is the fighter to watch at Bellator 259.
If you only watch the main card for Bellator, make a change of plans for this week’s Bellator 259. Tune in early because this card is loaded to the gills with up-and-coming fighters. There’s the battle of the undefeateds in Grant Neal versus Tyree Fortune. Both men are 5-0 and have bright futures. There’s also rising WMMA prospect Valerie Loureda, who’s 3-0 with two KO/TKO finishes. Then there’s developing prospect Janay Harding, who’s 3-1 in her last four. There’s also her opponent, Leah McCourt, who is 3-0 in Bellator but the fighter we’re going with Aviv Gozali.
Gozali is 5-0 in his pro career, all five fights being in Bellator. All five fights being finished by submission. All five fights failing to get out of the first round. Gozali is impressive, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Yes, he hasn’t exactly faced the who’s who of competition but this isn’t just some trash-can-crushing competition for Gozali.
Nope. He’s not just Bellator’s best lightweight prospect, maybe ever, but he’s just 20 years old. Why shouldn’t he be? He comes from good stock.
His father, Haim Gozali, is a fourth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black-belt under Renzo Gracie, which is impressive in its own right. There’s also the fact that he’s the Israeli ADCC president, and the first Israeli to compete at an ADCC event.
The younger Gozali has a lot to live up to but he’s doing a great job trying. His submission skills are extraordinary, and his ability to work someone into a finish so fast is the thing promoters pine for. If hes’ able to get past Sean Felton at Bellator 259, then it may be time to see a step up in fighter competition.
Tune in for this one, just don’t blink. You might just miss it.