Video: Watch Aviv Gozali’s Beautiful Heel Hook at Bellator 259

Bellator lightweight contender Aviv Gozali came into his Bellator 259 bout against Sean Felton with a perfect 5-0 record, with all five of those wins coming by first-round submission. On Friday, Gozali extended that first-round submission streak to six, as he secured a beautiful outside heel hook in just over one minute. Watch video of that submission below.

After pining Felton against the cage, Gozali immediately dropped to a leg entanglement and quickly latched onto a heel hook. With some minor adjustments, Gozali was able to get the tap at 1:17 of the first round.

Aviv Gozali is the son of Haim Gozali, a fourth-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie. He made his Bellator debut at just 17-years old in 2018 — a fight that he won by submission at 4:27 of the first round. That bout remains the longest of his career.

Gozali has shown a variety of submission skills already in his young career, from an armbar or a classic rear-naked choke, to a record-setting 11-second heel hook.

Bellator 259 took place on Friday, May 21. In the main event, Cris “Cyborg” Justino defeated Leslie Smith by TKO to retain her Bellator featherweight title.

Ben Coate

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