Israeli UFC Fighter Noad Lahat is Heading Home to Fight for His Family and to Fight for Peace

July 30, 2014
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Noad Lahat MMAWeekly on CNNUFC fighter Noad Lahat had the worst training camp of his fighting career leading up to his victory over Steven Siler at UFC on FOX 12.

He never got more than two consecutive hours of sleep a night. Yet he showed up at the gym to spar, full-on. His persistence paid off in the form of a unanimous decision victory.

Even in success, the fight, however, was of small consequence to Lahat, and the reason why he had such a horrible camp.

“The last two months, I haven’t slept one full night. I was waking up every hour to check my phone to see if I got messages, see if my family called me,” said Lahat after the fight, touching on the cause of his insomnia.

Lahat is Israeli. While he was in the United States training for the fight with Siler, his family is in his homeland, fighting for survival amidst the latest round of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That weighed heavily both on his heart and his mind as he tried to focus on the fight; a focus that he never realized.

“My grandma, she is more than 80 years old, she had 15 seconds to run to get a shelter,” said Lahat. “My grandma! And I’m here safe? It’s messed up. I should be there helping them.”

SEE ALSO: MMAWeekly.com’s Noad Lahat Post-Fight Interview

Lahat proclaimed that mere hours after winning his fight, he was headed home to Israel to join up with his unit of the Israel Defense Forces. A IDF reservist, Lahat’s old unit was told to be at the ready, and he is not going to let them go into battle without him.

It’s not that he wants to fight, but Lahat realizes that without being prepared for war, there will be no peace.

“You can’t achieve peace without being ready for war,” he said in an interview with CNN on Sunday. “If people are attacking you and they’re not going to stop until you’re dead, then you have to go and fight. There’s no other way.

SEE ALSO: Noad Lahat’s Interview on CNN

“It’s just another round of this ridiculous game,” he continued. “Hamas are shooting at us. We try to respond, but we can’t because most of the world don’t let us finish the job and take Hamas down. So we stop, and then they’re shooting again.”

There is, of course, no guarantee that peace will come. After all, this is latest uproar is but the latest battle in a conflict that has lasted more than half a century. This is a real fight, a fight with bullets and rockets and guns. This is a fight that takes the lives of men, women, and children. It has taken thousands of lives – both Israeli and Palestinian – thus far.

Lahat knows what the cost of this fight could be, much more than the swollen lump beneath his eye on Saturday night, but he will not sit idly by as his grandmother runs for safety.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Fool.

  • candelario torres

    Patriot… “a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors”

  • HooahJuice

    Good for him. F— hamas

  • Brent

    First off props to Noad for winning the fight with all that’s going on and for going right back to the lion’s den to fight for his country.

    Secondly, Hamas doesn’t have weapons? What are they shooting into Israel? Love? Hugs? What would you do if someone was shooting at you? Hamas uses Palestinians to shield themselves from rockets.

    • odeh

      You little bitch the whole world knows Israel started this war you attacked Gaza you bomb them you deliberately target woman and kids you even did it in Ramadan when they are fasting but it doesn’t matter keep worshiping your devil..by God we will live in a free Palestine where Muslim Christians and Jews well all live equally

      • Bomber51

        Your name calling isn’t doing you any favors using name calling. The Palestinians elected a terrorist group to lead them and instead of using money to advance science, education and security, they used it to build tunnels to attack Isreal. They even captured Hamas leaders and they admitted they were going to attack on rosh hoshanah. Hamas’ charter calls for the eradication of Isreal. Arabs are allowed to vote in Isreal and hold office in their parliament. Hamas started this by killing 3 teens. Isreal killed one in response and he was arrested and condemned by isreal’s government. Hamas leaders praised The killers of the 3 Jewish boys. The conflict is simple, one side wants the other dead

        • odeh

          Lol man they most be paying you good its so obvious that your an Israelly bitch sitting in tel Aviv post comments all over the Web to mislead people all over the world everything you say and do is bullshit and just remember the true always reveals it self

          • TheCerealKiller

            When is tthis “tel Aviv” fighting next? I want to see him face Bisping!

          • Bomber51

            Can you please tell me again to use facts? Does the Hamas charter call for the destruction of Isreal? Did the Palestinians vote for Hamas? Did Hamas build tunnels? Did Hamas fire first? Please tell me how I’m full of shit.

      • Brent

        LMAO. Really? Little Bitch? Odeh….. Intelligent argument there.
        This is what happens when one side thinks the other should not exist. I have no problem with Jews, Muslims and Christians living in peace. As a matter of fact, in Israel this is the case.
        However, how’s that working out in your neck of the woods? Practice what you preach Odeh.

  • Jim Mace

    So he wants to go back and help slaughter more children? People need to educate themselves on what is really happening over there. Israel kills Palestinians on a nearly daily basis before this all even started. They use these “skirmishes” as excuses to go into Gaza, kill more Palestinians and to steal more land.

    • Brent

      Jim we all have a right to voice our opinion….but when you don’t know what you speak of I question that logic. Educate yourself.

    • odeh

      Jim mace my god grant you the highest heaven for that comment

    • Timothy Malone

      You are very misinformed. You must watch the news alot.

      • deepgrim

        your problem is that the news is portrait in a pro israel fashion, search how much land israel have robbed of palestine in the last 40 years and what the death tolls lie at for this war/ genocide and then base your opinion

        • Jamie

          Pro Israel portrait? I think not. The world is angry that innocent civilians are dying as they should be. Stop firing rockets from schools and Mosques and it will end. Stop using your people as shields.

          • deepgrim

            israel have blocked most of those rockets with america funded shields. the same is not true the other way around. what is true is that israel have claimed palestine land and continue to oppress the people of palestine and treat as 2nd class citizens with absolute force. i have seen videos from a form israel soldier claiming thety started a 21 day attact on the gaza strip starting at 11.25 am when all the kids would be on the street, now they are targeting hospitals so the injured have no where to go but flee the country that they has been there all of there lives. funny that the jews are doing what was done to them in the 2nd world war. over a 1000 Palestinians killed to 43 Israeli in the last few weeks, not surprising giving the wealth difference

        • TheCerealKiller

          Go read how much land The US stole from the Indians.

    • bkyguy78

      CNN and MSNBC have done a great job warping your tiny, little brain…

      • odeh

        they have done a great job misleading the world and brainwashing it Israel made the world live like slaves to run there government because the media is also owned by Zionist

    • alex

      That’s right, that’s all these sons of bitches are doing, killing innocent children, that’s how tough they are. I hope they burn in hell mother fuckers.

  • Alex

    - These pictures are absolutely heartbreaking!
    – A former prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir, once said: “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
    – Palestinian citizens suffer from their leadership, i.e., Hamas. The main agenda of Hamas is not to save Palestinians but to kill Israelis.
    – Trust me, all Israelis want peace and any death from either side is difficult for us.
    – After the fight, Noad Lahat approached Ramsey Nijem who is of Palestinian origins, shook his hand and told him “As-salamu alaykum” (“peace be upon you” in Arabic).
    – Noad is a true worrier and a real man. People like him will bring peace.

    • deepgrim

      have you saw the amount of land that israel have robbed of palestine in the last 40 years and continue to do so, yet when you fight back against this the media try to label you a terrorist. 4th biggest army in the world, this isnt a war, its genocide.

      • TheCerealKiller

        But it’s not our business. Here in The Sates, we have enough problems.

      • Alex

        40 years? I don’t know whether you are Muslim or Christian, but both in Koran and Bible it says that the Jewish people lived in this land thousands years ago. But this is not the point!
        The point is that both Palestinians and Israelis are just tools in the hands of Iran, Qatar, United States, UN and the rest of the world to play their politic games.

        • deepgrim

          the robbing of land of palestine land started after israel became a country. What makes this worse is that they feel the need to target children in their attacks.

  • eran

    a great man. putting aside this personal interests and career and risking his life for his country. an example for true fighter

    • TheCerealKiller

      Do you say the same about Muslims that go back home to fight for Al-Qaeda?

      • bkyguy78

        No but it seems that’s where YOUR sh-t-for-brains seem to equate it to…

      • Boštjan

        well its just other side of coin…anyway both sides are USA product…

    • TrentSki

      Fighting for country that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for a few corrupt scumbags. An example of a true terrorist

      • Jamie

        Trent, Trent, Trent – LMAO!!!!!!! Your parents must be really proud!

        Terrorism – the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes

        • TrentSki

          Wow, Your parents must be proud of you being a douche
          Think then talk, not the other way around
          Moron

          • Boštjan

            TrentSki dont communicate with that infant regresion..just ignore it waste of energy

        • TrentSki
  • TrentSki

    Well that’s embarrassing as shit, the guy is openly admitting he is going to go kill more children and women. He should just be arrested at the border as a terrorism sympathizer

    • John O

      Is that what you read? Where does it say that> Educate yourself man!

      • bkyguy78

        Don’t bother, 80% of these idiots are just rednecks from middle Amu-rica who don’t even have a G.E.D but they are well educated in Middle-East matters…

        • natpaukar7

          I am fairly certain that red necks from middle Amu-rica are the ones who predominately support Israel over Palestine based on all forms of media in the U.S. liberal or conservative….very few of them support Palestine…in fact if you watch any BBC or international news station outside of the U.S. you will find a very very different story….

        • TrentSki

          But look at your neck though, its red, so you can’t really talk. Considering your typing this from jail as well, makes you look really bad

      • TrentSki

        Maybe you should read what you wrote and then apply it to yourself, because you are definitely in need of education

        • Brent

          LMAO! You uneducated keyboard warriors who support Terrorism crack me up. He’s Israeli and fights for his country. You type on a keyboard. and try to start shit.

          • TrentSki

            How long has it been since you picked up a book? Try reading a history book, noob

          • earlsimmons

            What does history have to do with anything at this point in time. Hamas bombs Israel and Israel is fighting back. Not sure why i need a history book to understand this.

        • Brent

          You pro terrorists crack me up. You have an issue with an Israeli fighting for his country so you hide behind your computer and talk crap. No where does it say that silly stuff you stated. Educate yourself bro.

          • TrentSki

            So you support terrorism, then call me a pro terrorist? You really are a naïve little kid

    • earlsimmons

      LUL at liberals.

  • Padraig

    Noad sounds exactly like a German Soldier from WW2 and the trials afterward. He has fallen foul of his country’s leader’s war rhetoric.
    Quote for context:
    “But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.”
    “All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
    –Herman Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

    Hitler would be proud of the apartheid state that Israel has become, but…. it’s not too late for the Israeli’s to turn things around… they could do it if they wanted…

    • John O

      Your comment makes absolutely no sense.

      • Padraig

        Really? Let me explain:
        I am observing how deluded people can become when subjected to continuous war time rhetoric. I am also observing how sad that is for Noad to believe he must become a part of the oppressive Israeli apartheid machine in ‘defense of his family’.
        I have also likened his explanation of his actions/beliefs to German soldiers coupled with a quote from an highly adept German leader (Herman Goering) who discusses how easy it is for people to believe their leader’s rhetoric. Like Goering, I too would place blame/responsibility at the feet of the leaders, however as we have seen with the Nuremberg trials, anyone with blood on their hands is culpable, and should the naive Noad end up with the blood of innocents on his hands, he will have that resting on his shoulders for the rest of his days. Very tragic. Oh and the last bit was to say that the Israeli’s, the superpower, could end this war, very quickly if they wished, and hopefully they will.
        Hope that explains things for you.

        • John O

          The problem is your biased observations are way off base. You likened his opinion to that of a German soilder? That’s very offensive and very inaccurate. How do you Noad has blood on his hands? Are you fighting the war? This is a MMA site where we are celebrating MMA.

          • Padraig

            Actually no, they are pretty much spot on. Their accuracy is in fact a horrible, horrible truth. True my opinions are biased but only towards the unjust in the situation. You should re-read what I have said as at no point did I state that Noad has blood on his hands. Clearly you have neither read correctly nor understood my posts. That is a shame. P.S. I appreciate that a comparisson of Israel and Hitler, of Israel and the apartheid state of SA, of Israeli soldiers and German soldiers of WW2 era may offend some people, however, the comparisons are both valid and glaringly obvious. For sure, you or others may not agree and are certainly entitled to your opinion(s), but if real change is ever to happen in Israel, the people who hold those opinions (or certainly the leadership of the country) will have/need to confront the brutal facts that support the opinions underpinning the thoughts of people like me. These are sad truths.

          • Daniel J

            You couldn’t be farther off man. Hitler was a dictator who gassed 11 million Jews, Blacks, Gypsies, Polish Christians, Hungarians, Czechs, Ukrainians, Russians, the French and even Germans.

            How do you see this ending?

            Israel should allow Hamas to continue suicide bombings, terror cells and to fire rockets into Israel? You support terrorism. Israel is not a terrorist regime, Hamas is. End of story.

          • Padraig

            Couldnt be farther off what? With the Hitler comment?? What exactly is it that you think I am far off? I said Hitler would be proud of the oppressive apartheid state that Israel has become. What is far off about that?
            How do I see this ending? Unfortunately I believe that it will get worse before it ends.

            I would imagine the Egyptians will sponsor a truce that will eventually be extended. That’s how this *war* will cease, but the oppression of normal Palenestinians will not for the foreseeable.
            “You support terrorism” – Huh? Where did you get an idea like that?
            Does supporting peace in Palestine equate to supporting terrorism in your books? If so you are completely ignorant. Hamas is not a regime by the way, and no its not the end of the story. I would recommend doing a little reading ion the conflict as you really seem not to know anything about it. You might find it interesting.

  • BobLemons

    Off to kill more civilians eh?

    • Jamie

      It’s pretty simple. Stop firing rockets at Israel. Stop digging illegal tunnels into Israel. Stop killing Israelis.

      • BobLemons

        Oh, all those dead kids were firing rockets eh? I wonder how 4 year olds handle rocket launchers? As for the rest of them, I suppose they should just let Israel take all their land and carry on with hundreds of thousands of people crammed in a few square miles without putting up any kind of a fight..

        • bkyguy78

          actually DUMB-ASS, if you pay attention, you will see that it was a CHAMAS misfired missile that hit that U.N school… but don’t let the facts convolute your anti-Semitism. You probably don’t even have a G.E.D,

          • odeh

            And was it a chamas misfire when when u bombed all hospitals… just remember your gonna stand in front of God one day and you will have to answer to everything you helped corrupt in this world

          • David

            Two things come to mind….

            1. Hamas, the terrorist cell you voted in to power, uses human shields and fires rockets from mosques and schools. When Israel strikes these targets innocent lives are lost. It’s tragic, but necessary to destroy targets and tunnels and prevent terrorism.

            2. How does GOD feel about Islamic Jihadists, Terrorists and Suicide Bombers?

          • odeh

            1. You runing out of lies and people are waking up to scum like you
            2. There alive by God
            3. How dose god feel about you shutting down the voice of the starving homeless palestinian kids???

          • Odeh The Terrorist

            Hehehehe I can see the smoke coming out of your ears Mohammed. Calm down. Just because you’re a mental midget that can’t communicate effectively nor speak correct English, does not mean that you are worthless. But seriously, when are you gonna go get your 72 virgins???

          • bkyguy78

            “When you bombed all hospitals…”?
            I can see your very limited in intelligence but please post link to this specific allegation of Israel targeting school and hospitals. I can post actual proof of the misfire that Chamas caused, but you probably won’t believe that happened anyway.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Not sure where you get your news but the US just condemned Israel for shelling a Palestinian hospital.

        • Jamie

          Bobby…not talking about the kids. It is a shame that their are innocents in war, but there are. Hamas uses human shields and fires rockets from mosques and schools. Yes schools. Where kids are. This is Hamas’s doing. Israel has a right to protect themselves.

  • MuayThaiFood

    The fact is, we all share some blame for this. The US should be doing more to assert it’s influence on the other nations that still listen to us and put pressure on the two sides to find a permanent solution. Instead we are reactionary. We support Israel until things get ugly and distasteful and then we voice displeasure until they are pressured to pull back. Things go from full boil to simmer until the next time. What is needed is real leadership from this and other developed countries to broker a permanent peace deal and a two state solution that provide security for both Israel and the Palestinians. We as citizens should be putting pressure on our politicians to do more.

  • bkyguy78

    LMFAO @ all you inbred, white-trash, neo-Nazi sympathizing cowf-ckers. All you do is bitch and whine about Israel but never question where the billions of dollars the U.S. has given the Palestinians have gone?

    Has it gone for better schools? NOPE
    Has it gone for public services? NOPE
    Has Chamas done ANYTHING for the Palestinians? NOPE
    Has any other Arab nation offered to take in the Palestinian scum? NOPE
    Go back to flipping your cows behind the barn and molesting them…

    • odeh

      Lol billions of dollars your so convincing I almost believe you.. I ask you a question is the US Federal Bank federal?? Or dose the Israel government on that??? those people you just insulted will fight with the palestinian because when Palestine is ran by the Muslims then and only then would the world see peace
      no justice no peace

      • John O

        Grammar and punctuation man. If you’re gonna attempt to debate this intelligently, it starts with the basics. Welcome to America.

        • odeh

          I’ve been here for 2 years but thanks for the invitation even though your in tel Aviv

          • John O

            Tel Aviv? Not so much camel boy. I live in the US, the ally to Israel. That’s the country that’s wiping out Hamas one terrorist at a time.

        • bkyguy78

          He got his education in Gaza. His loving parents also taught him how to put on a suicide vest at age 3 and took proud pictures of him.

          • odeh

            the whole world knows that you and your president are amazing liars and no one believes the descendants of pigs and monkeys anymore,, the jews don’t even consider you to be Jewish you Zioniest pigs…. and oh ya Israel is running out of ammo and hamas is f—ing you guys up didn’t your pig Netanyahu call Obama and begged him for help… occupied Gaza 2 terrorist Israel 0

          • Down with Odeh

            LMAO!!!! This is why guys like you follow the Jihadists and Hamas, etc. You are a follower. You cannot think for yourself.

          • TrentSki

            Your weak and pathetic

    • da Aman

      Israel runs the largest open-air concentration camp in the world, and you come down on the victims.

      What a man!!!

      Free Palestine!!

      • Brent

        Once again, pro Arabs like yourself say hilarious things like this in an attempt to get a rise out of others. Why don’t you get in your time machine and go back to 1948? I’m sure you can do something about it. Get over it. Israel isn’t going anywhere. They are backed by the US, their strongest ally. You voted Hamas in and this is the end result. If Canada shot rockets into the US, the US would put an end to it. Israel has the same right.

    • odeh

      Israeli worries everyone

      • Yodeh

        • Yodeh

          Noad is coming for you Odeh……

          • TrentSki

            Sounds like he is blood thirsty, kicking people isn’t good enough. He needs rape/murder

          • odeh

            If he survive my brothers in Palestine ill fucken murder him just like i use to murder bitchs before him in Palestine :)

          • Down with Hamas

            Wow. I wish you’d come visit me as well. Not only would I teach you correct grammar, but I’s whip your a** for free.

        • odeh

          Which one of those bitchs are u

      • odeh

        Isreali eveyone

    • TrentSki

      You people call us uneducated, then type this
      Wow

      • Jamie

        You are uneducated clearly bro….You just happen to keep showing us over and over.

        • TrentSki

          But you keep typing dumb shit? And I have to keep correcting you. Wtf is with your logic?
          Your really dense

        • TrentSki

          But at least I have a real job
          I work in IT, your probably a garbage collector or a barman
          Your not making any sense, you keep saying dumb stuff and then call everyone dumb, you must be losing the plot

    • odeh

      Welcome to isreal everyone

  • bkyguy78

    Where’s that video footage of how the Palestinians were celebrating in the streets on Sept. 11th? saying “G-d is great…”

    • odeh

      It’s doesn’t exist.. it was an in side job everyone knows that, the youtube movie loose change cleared that up… and only pig like you would kill there own people to go fight for oil in the middle east

  • Boštjan

    I hope thats hes last fight…i want bay PPW when hes on

    • odeh

      Me too ill pay to see him get KTFO again… the biggest coward on this earth are the Israeli

      • Odeh is My Bitch

        I’d pay to KTFO you

        • odeh

          Hahaha I’ll pay you!!! and any israeli jew to step in the cage with me.. coward bitches

          • Odeh is My Bitch

            The problem with that is that you would rather suicide bomb everyone there.

          • odeh

            Hahaha what would happen is I would fucken tear your ass up and you terrorist isreali country would bomb and kill everyone in the Nokia center including ever jew there and claim that a Muslim did it… finally the world is seeing the true color of the descendants of monkeys and pigs

          • Odeh is My Bitch

            Odeh the Terrorist, It’s Israel not Isreal. Suicide bombing would count as tearing my ass up I guess. Why the Nokia center. You bring me lots of comical relief being the mental midget that you are!

          • odeh

            No one believes your lies anymore, everyone known israel is the biggest terrorist on this earth..
            Your nothing but the descendants of pigs and monkeys the zioniest movement we’ll end and we’ll be forgotten. ..
            the prophet jesus peace be upon him will end you and the antichrist that you dearly worship

          • The SPider MOnkey

            LMAO!!!! I’m gonna need you to make up your mind you little Jihadist you. Either you’re down with your suicide bomber brothers or not. Don’t be claiming Jesus if you’re Muslim. You can’t have it both ways.
            I love pigs and monkeys. I didn’t know that we were descendants of pigs and monkeys. What kind of monkeys?
            Are you pissed that you have that tiny little coastal land and that Egypt and Israel control most of what you do? Those are some smart monkeys huh?

          • odeh

            Don’t be claiming Jessie your a Muslim????? Hahaha haha haha haha LMFAO!!!!! I won’t be a Muslim if I don’t believe in Jesus peace be upon him your even dumber than I thought your just a brainwashed zoinest puppet… the Muslim, Christians and the none zionest Jews the ones that believe in the Torah (unlike the israeli pigs) well be fighting shoulder to shoulder against you terrorist pigs 2023 wait for it pussy

  • Boštjan
  • Warrior

    Noad is keeping a list…….

  • odeh

    What this little bitch is going back to do

  • odeh

    What this little israel bitch going back to do

    • odeh

      mmaweekly is not letting me post pictures

  • LMAO @ Odeh

    This is what happens when you are a terrorist group and you try and F with the wrong people.

    • odeh

      mmaweekly.com is not letting reply to your comment

  • MikeMcK83

    Reguardless of the research any of us not directly in the fight truely know what exactly has taken place. All we can do is use logic, and decide which sources we choose to believe. It’s like a bar fight. Some people think they saw one guy throw the first punch, and others believe the other one did. It gets even worse when you hear it second hand. It’s human nature to except the first version of event as fact. It takes a lot of solid eveidence to convince people otherwise. Honestly, that’s probably one of the reason religion still exsist. It’s really hard to disprove, reguardless of how illogical.

    Now on the logic front. It’s kind of hard to believe that a nation like Israel that has the military ability to destroy another nation almost completely in a day, but chooses not to do so, is the one intentionally killing harmless women and children.
    For example. If the USA wanted Cuba off the map, do you think it makes sense that our military would go over and just take aim at schools to kill kids? If we were willing to do that wouldn’t we take out entire cities? The fact that we go in with smaller targets is to avoid those targets. That’s not to say individual combatants won’t harm others. It’s just not logical that it’s the countries intentions.