Noad Lahat is an Israeli mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division of the UFC.
Lahat, nicknamed "Neo," was born and raised in Samaria, Israel. Lahat’s whose parents are both military generals in the Israeli Army, began Judo at the age 5 and continued until the age of 18 with hopes of representing Israel in the Olympics.
At age 18 Noad was conscripted into the army as a paratrooper until 2006. After being released from the military he resumed his Judo but claims it just wasn't the same. After watching UFC 66, he decided to give MMA a try.
In October 2007, Noad went to Brazil and began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually winning the No Gi World Championships in 2010 as a brown belt. Noad is currently a BJJ black belt.
Lahat has put together a 7 fight win streak leading the World Series of Fighting to offer him to a four fight in 2013.
In February 2014, Lahat signed a four fight deal with the UFC, which will make him the first Israeli to fight in the Octagon since Mark Kerr at UFC 14 in 1997.
Lahat suffered a KO loss against TUF Brazil 1 finalist Godofredo "Pepey" Castro at UFC Fight Night 38 on March 23rd, 2014.
Lahat won by unanimous decision against Steven Siler at UFC on Fox 12 on July 26, 2014.
Lahat faced Niklas Bäckström on June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69 where he won a back and forth fight by majority decision.
Lahat faced Diego Rivas at UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson on February 6, 2016. Lahat controlled the first round, almost getting several submissions on Rivas. However, after 23 seconds in the second round he lost the fight via a flying knee knockout and was rendered unconscious for several minutes. Lahat became the first fighter in the UFC to be knocked out by a flying knee more than once.
In June, 2016, Lahat signed a deal with Bellator MMA.
Lahat made his promotional debut against Scott Cleve at Bellator 164 on November 10, 2016. He won the fight via submission in the first round.