Buried on the preliminary portion of a shallow Bellator 188 card that took place in Tel Aviv, lost it’s marquee fight days before showtime, and garnered little attention internationally, a real gem of a submission went way under the radar a couple of weeks ago.
Said submission came courtesy of Israel’s own Oron Kahlon in the first round of a lightweight contest with Albanian pro debutant Julian Maloku.
The pair were trading range-finding kicks and punches on the feet in the early going, when they fell into a clinch in the centre of the cage. Kahlon threw a couple of light body shots with his free hand, perhaps looking to get Maloku thinking low, before he launched himself up into the air and secured the choke. He still had to work a little to acquire the tap once his back hit the floor, but Maloku did eventually submit at the 2:08 mark.
Kahlon posted the following video of the finish to Instagram yesterday…
כשאנשים נורמלים שומעים מה אנחנו מתכננים הם קוראים לנו משוגעים…זה בסדר אנשים נורמלים לא מגיעים לשום מקום #this_is_the_oron_life My last fight at Bellator 188,still undefeated 9-0 @bar__kahlon @sugarraysefo @frankieforza_organictank @robertdrysdalejj @portal.ido #oronkahlon #kahlonbrothers #bellator188 #bellator #mma #movement #israel #ufc #אורוןכחלון #lifeisgreat @danawhite @seanshelby
Kahlon, who trains in Las Vegas, is unbeaten as a professional – that much seems undisputed – but there is a great deal of disagreement regarding the number of wins he has actually recorded. In the above post, the fighter himself claims to be 9-0, but Tapology only have him listed as 8-0, MixedMartialArts.com have him listed as 5-0, and Sherdog have him listed as a paltry 3-0.
Regardless, after this submission does the rounds online, hardcore fight fans will be keeping their eyes out for Kahlon in the future.