Noad Lahat bounced back from an unsuccessful UFC debut with a decision win at UFC on FOX 12 over Steven Siler, who has now lost three straight. It was a fun fight, with Lahat winning via unanimous decision with 29-28 scorecards across the board, winning the first two rounds before Siler tried to stage a comeback. Ultimately, it was too little too late for the veteran, with Lahat winning his first fight in the Octagon.
Lahat, now 8-1, fights out of AKA and will now go back to Israel to join the army. He explained in the post-fight interview that he has to do so to protect his home, though wishes to stay in the US. After an impressive first win in the Octagon, Lahat’s third fight in the UFC may have to wait.
Here is how the fight went down.
Siler is a -250 favourite and looking to bounce back from two losses in a row, while Lahat lost his UFC debut.
Round 1 – Siler with the leg kick, caught by Lahat who gets the clinch and lands a knee. Stiff leg kick by Lahat, who then lands a double jab. Once again the kick of Siler is caught, and Lahat gets him to the mat. Siler momentarily threatens the arm of Lahat, and he still has it trapped here. Very active on the bottom. Lahat trying to slam Siler in order to loosen his grip, but Siler is really trying to work on the arm of the Israeli. Rubber guard for Siler now. Short shots by Lahat but Siler is doing all of the work on the mat thusfar. Siler with a high guard, and the referee is warning for inactivity here. Herzog stands them up. Half of the first round left now. Lahat with a couple of big shots, he hurt Siler there. Another right lands. Siler seemed to tag him there with a left. But Siler’s defence is really worrying. Another big left from Lahat at the end of that combination. Left by Siler lands but Lahat trying work on the takedown in the exchange, he has Siler against the cage in the clinch. A lovely judo throw from Lahat, straight into half guard. Siler wall walks to his feet but Lahat sticking to him like glue. Lahat’s judo throw is stuffed this time. Lahat really trying to work on the trip but they separate, with Siler landing a body knee on the exit. Jabs of Siler are landing, catching Lahat as he comes in. Big uppercut from Siler as Lahat closes the distance! That hurt him. Body shot by Siler but Lahat once again gets the clinch, and drags Siler to the mat once again. Full guard this time, as the round ends. Fun round.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Lahat.
Round 2 – Lahat seemed pretty gassed at the end of the first round. Winging right from Lahat misses. Siler trying to utilise a more technical approach, using the jab. Big left then a right uppercut lands by Siler! He hurt him there. Uppercut by Siler, but Lahat with a big knee. Body kick from Lahat. Both fighters are landing heavy. Lovely combination from Siler, with a big leg kick at the end that buckled the knee. Body-head by Lahat. These are some fun exchanges. Right kick catches Siler flush, and causes him to miss his counter. Inside leg kick from Lahat, Siler failing with the counter. Nice right by Siler. The pace has slowed a little, and Siler trying to jab Lahat to the outside. Right lands. Siler with the higher frequency of the two. 1-2 lands by Siler and catches Lahat clean. Stuffed takedown, and Siler is taking over now. Another sloppy clinch attempt by Lahat, and a very telegraphed spinning wheel kick misses. Leg kick from Siler lands, and Lahat seems to be slowing now. Very laboured attacks from Noad, while Siler is staying technical. But a big takedown from Lahat, Siler trying to attack the arm but uses it to get on top. But Lahat gets the back in the exchange! He has the choke momentarily but Siler works his way out, and now a triangle by Lahat! Crazy exchange! Siler with the thumbs up but he’s in a sticky situation. Lahat with the elbows, and now working on the right arm of Siler while in the triangle. Mounted triangle now from Lahat. Short elbows. Siler survives as the horn goes. What an end to that round.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Lahat (20-18 Lahat).
Round 3 – Siler needs a finish here, or he may be cut. Right by Siler, but he’s not putting fight ending power to it. Siler lands a couple of nice shots. Lahat goes for a sloppy takedown and Siler works his way on top and spins to the back! Both hooks and a body triangle. It’s early in the round and Siler has all the time in the world to work on a choke from this position. Lahat defending thusfar, but he’s visibly tired and in a tough spot. Little action from this position, with nearly half of the round left. Just some short shots being accumulated by Siler. Lahat tries to explode but Siler adjusts and keeps the body triangle in. This is taxing on Lahat, and the time is now for Siler. But Siler gets tired and lets go of the position. Lahat wall walks and they separate. 1:30 left for Siler to do something big. A nice 1-2 from Siler. Jabs from Siler are finding the mark. Siler missing Lahat, but the counter takedown is very laboured and unsuccessful. Big combination by Siler, that hurt Lahat there! He needs more of that. Lahat catches the cup of Siler with the knee. They resume. Nice combination by Siler. Lahat looking for the takedown but unsuccessful. Siler with some big shots and forces Lahat to the mat. He’s working on the choke! He has him flattened out! A big finish for Siler, but maybe too little, too late.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Siler (29-28 Lahat).
Result: Lahat via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
A fun first fight to kick off the evening, and a good first couple of rounds for Lahat. Siler put in a good effort, especially in the third, but he may be cut after losing his third straight.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).