Aviv Gozali secured a beautiful heelhook finish and added yet another first-round submission victory to his undefeated record at Bellator 259. This puts Gozali’s record at 6-0 with every single one of those wins coming inside the first round and on the Bellator stage, he’s shown himself to be an unstoppable force on the ground. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise seeing as he comes from a family with a strong grappling background. His father Haim was not only a veteran of the Bellator cage himself, but he’s also a 4th degree black belt under Renzo Gracie and a former ADCC European trials medalist.
Despite the fact that Aviv Gozali managed to wrap up his fight at Bellator 259 in just one minute and seventeen seconds, this isn’t even close to his quickest finish to date. Not only did he submit Zaka Fatullazade with an Anaconda Choke in 56 seconds back in 2019, but just one fight prior to that he cemented his place in Bellator history by securing the fastest submission on record. In an incredible display of elite grappling talent, Gozali opened his fight at Bellator 225 by immediately performing an Imanari roll and locking up a heelhook to force a tap in just eleven seconds.
The variety of his submission finishes is another feather in Gozali’s cap, as this is actually the first time he’s repeated one. Along with the aforementioned Anaconda Choke, Gozali has also managed to finish his fights with an Armbar, a Kimura, and a Rear-naked Choke, showing the depth and breadth of his talent as a grappler. As with most Bellator MMA highlights, the footage was immediately posted to the official Twitter account for the promotion, and can be seen below:
Gozali strikes again! 🇮🇱
It wasn’t quite 1️⃣1️⃣ seconds but @Aviv_Gozali is proving to be a problem with his submission game. 💪
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) May 21, 2021