Haim Gozali

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Haim Gozali
Born (1973-05-06) 6 May 1973 (age 45)[1]
Bat Yam, Israel
Other namesBatman, Zohan
NationalityIsraeli
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach72 in (183 cm)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Ninjutsu, Karate
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofBat Yam, Israel
TeamRenzo Gracie Israel[2]
Rank4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Black belt in Ninjutsu[4]
Black belt in Karate[4]
Mixed martial arts record
Total14
Wins8
By knockout1
By submission7
Losses6
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Haim Gozali (Hebrew: חיים גוזלי‎; born May 6, 1973), also known by the nickname Batman, is an Israeli mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of Bellator MMA and a 4th degree Jiu Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie.

Background[edit]

Gozali served as a soldier in the Israeli army and in an incident when he was a bouncer in Israel, he was stabbed six times.[5][6]

Gozali's fighting nickname, Batman, comes from his fascination with the superhero. He has "collected enough Batman comics and paraphernalia to fill up a most of a room in his house in Bat Yam" and he "has enough Batman tattoos to cover a good part of his skin, with the bat-sign prominently carried across his chest."[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

In 2010, Gozali produced the MMA event Israel FC: Genesis in Israel, that featured multiple UFC veterans.[8] Following the event's success, he later signed with Bellator MMA to work as a promoter and produced 3 events in Israel with the promotion - Bellator 164, Bellator 188 and Bellator 209, which took place at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv.

Gozali is the president of ADCC Israel and the first Israeli to compete in an ADCC event.[9] Gozali is also the head of Renzo Gracie Israel Academy in Bat Yam.[10]

Gozali is the first Israeli MMA fighter to compete in Madison Square Garden.[11]

On November 16, 2017 Gozali scored the second fastest submission in Bellator's Welterweight division, ending the fight 45 seconds into the first round.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Gozali faced Ryan Couture in a welterweight bout at Bellator 180 on June 24, 2017.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–6 Dmitriy Makhotskiy Submission (heel hook) RFP: International MFC 1 December 14, 2018 1 2:57 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 9–6 Alexey Kolesnikov Submission (armbar) RFP: International MFC 1 December 14, 2018 1 2:37 Kiev, Ukraine
Loss 8–6 Ryan Couture Decision (unanimous) Bellator 209 November 16, 2018 3 5:00 Tel Aviv, Israel
Loss 8–5 Jose Campos Decision (unanimous) Bellator 192 January 20, 2018 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 8–4 Arsen Faitovich Technical Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 188 November 16, 2017 1 0:45 Tel Aviv, Israel
Loss 7–4 Ryan Couture Decision (unanimous) Bellator 180 June 24, 2017 3 5:00 New York City, New York, United States
Win 7–3 Zane Clerk Submission (heel hook) Bellator 164 November 10, 2016 1 1:41 Tel Aviv, Israel
Win 6–3 Zdravko Zdravkov Submission (armbar) AFN 1 September 15, 2012 1 0:33 Sliven, Bulgaria
Loss 5–3 Rustam Bogatyrev TKO (retirement) MFP: Mayor Cup 2012 May 26, 2012 1 5:00 Khabarovsk, Russia
Loss 5–2 Ronaldo Souza Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 7 December 17, 2006 1 1:33 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Win 5–1 Alcs Plotkin Submission (triangle choke) WPKL 2 May 7, 2004 1 2:22 Israel
Win 4–1 Yakov Mazer KO (punch) WPKL 1 March 23, 2003 1 1:35 Israel
Win 3–1 Dan Koan Submission (punches) IVTC 2 March 11, 2002 1 4:55 Israel
Win 2–1 Guy Micali Submission (punches) IFFC 1 December 5, 2000 1 3:34 Israel
Win 1–1 Maer Cobi Coen Submission (triangle choke) IVTC 1 April 14, 2000 1 2:34 Israel
Loss 0–1 Carlos Newton Submission (armbar) IFC: Israel vs. Canada January 1, 1998 1 0:00 Israel

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Haim Gozali". Bellator.
  2. ^ "Haim Gozali". Tapology.
  3. ^ "Bellator 188 results: 'Lahat vs Labiano'". MMA Mania. November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "עוף גוזלי: לוחם ה-MMA הישראלי ששבר את תקרת הזכוכית". sport1.maariv.co.il.
  5. ^ "The 44-year-old Israeli MMA Fighter With a Magen David Tattoo on His Elbow". Tablet. June 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Israel's Haim Gozali discusses how getting stabbed altered MMA career". MMAFighting. June 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Bellator 180: Israeli 'Batman' prepares to fight in Madison Square Garden". Bloody Elbow. June 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "UFC veterans in Israel". USA Today. November 9, 2010. Retrieved on October 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Haim Gozali and The ADCC: Jiu-Jitsu Transcends Politics". 3 September 2015.
  10. ^ "AFFILIATED". RENZO GRACIE.
  11. ^ "Watch: Meet Haim Gozali, The First Israeli MMA Fighter To Fight In MSG". The Jewish Week. June 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Gozali-Couture 2 & Dandois-Rubin Set For Bellator 209". MMA TakeOver. 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  13. ^ Dave Doyle (June 24, 2017). "Bellator 180 results: Ryan Couture grinds out win over Haim Gozali". mmafighting.com.
  14. ^ Sherdog.com. "Haim Gozali MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-21.

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