McGuire: LFA’s Higo in Bellator Title Fight for Debut

The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is a leading developmental promotion to the UFC.

Leandro Higo could be his way to the fastest major championship win in mixed martial arts within recent memory. The prospect and last Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) bantamweight (135-pound) champion fought in the main event of LFA 1 opposite Legacy FC’s champion, Steven “Ocho” Peterson in January, beating him by unanimous decision to claim the LFA bantamweight title.

“Pitbull” Higo (17-2 in MMA, 4-0 in RFA/LFA with three finishes) then signed with Bellator MMA in late February out of the LFA developmental system, but the details of his debut were unknown at the time. After Bellator bantamweight title challenger Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell (10-1 in MMA, 7-1 in Bellator with four finishes) was forced to pull out of the contest due to an undisclosed injury, Higo got those details.

Background: Leandro Higo

The Brazilian will make his promotional debut at Bellator 177 in Budapest, Hungary on April 14 in an effort to take Bellator’s championship at 135 pounds from fellow countryman Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas (19-4 in MMA, 9-1 in Bellator with four finishes.) Dantas has batted a thousand in his last three fights (including his title-winning victory over Marcos Galvao last June) but has won each by decision.

Higo is riding an eight-fight winning streak that dates back to 2012 and includes just two decisions, a TKO, and five submissions— all chokes. Bellator 177 will be broadcast live on Spike at 8 p.m. CST on the 14th.

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