Leandro Higo

Leandro Higo (born January 19, 1989) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight[3] division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2006, he has also competed for Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Alliance. As of May 25, 2021, he is #5 in the Bellator Bantamweight Rankings.[4]

Leandro Higo
Born (1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 (age 32)
Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Other namesAlter
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight
Bantamweight
Reach72 in (183 cm)
Fighting out ofRio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
TeamPitbull Brothers[1]
Fight Ready[1]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[2]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total26
Wins21
By knockout3
By submission12
By decision6
Losses5
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Higo made his Resurrection Fighting Alliance debut on August 21, 2015 vs. Terrion Ware at RFA 29, winning by rear-naked choke at the end of round 3.[5] Following a first round victory over Melvin Blumer at RFA 32,[6] he won the RFA Bantamweight title with a first round rear-naked choke victory against Joey Miolla at RFA 37.[7]

Higo made his debut with Legacy Fighting Alliance in the company's debut at LFA 1: Peterson vs. Higo, defeating Steven Peterson via unanimous decision to win the inaugural LFA Bantamweight Championship.[8]

The Ultimate Fighter BrazilEdit

Higo competed in the Bantamweight division on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4.[9] He defeated Maycon Silvan in the elimination round via first round arm-triangle choke, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Bruno Rodrigues Mesquita via first round rear-naked choke.[10] After Giovanni Santos was forced to leave the season due to an infection, Higo reluctantly accepted to replace Santos to face Matheus Mattos in another quarterfinal bout.[11] However, his rib injury sustained in the previous week's bout with Mesquita worsened and he was forced to withdraw.[11]

Bellator MMAEdit

Higo made his Bellator debut as a late replacement for Darrion Caldwell against Bantamweight titlist Eduardo Dantas in a non-title bout at Bellator 177, losing via split decision.[12]

Higo faced Joe Taimanglo on October 6, 2017 at Bellator 184, winning via unanimous decision.[13]

Higo earned an opportunity to compete for the Bellator Bantamweight Championship vs. Darrion Caldwell on March 2, 2018 at Bellator 195, losing via first round guillotine choke.[14]

For his next bout, Higo moved up to Featherweight and faced Aaron Pico at Bellator 206 on September 29, 2018.[15] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round one.[16]

After the failed attempt in featherweight division, Higo returned to the bantamweight division to face Shawn Bunch at Bellator 228 on September 28, 2019. He won the fight via submission in the second round. Subsequently he signed a new exclusive, multi-fight contract with Bellator.[17]

Higo was expected to face Johnny Campbell in a bantamweight bout at Bellator 241 on March 13, 2020.[18] However, Campbell withdrew from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Dominic Mazzotta, the bout continuing as a featherweight bout.[19][20]

Higo then faced Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 249 on October 15, 2020. Higo missed the contracted weight, but went on to win the bout via second-round submission.[21]

Higo faced Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 259 on May 21, 2021.[22] At the weigh-ins, Higo weighed in at 137.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and Higo was fined a percentage of his purse, which went to Caldwell.[23] Higo won the bout via split decision.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Higo has a son.[1]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 21 wins 5 losses
By knockout 3 2
By submission 12 1
By decision 6 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–5 Darrion Caldwell Decision (split) Bellator 259 May 21, 2021 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Catchweight (137.5 lb) bout; Higo missed weight.
Win 20–5 Ricky Bandejas Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 249 October 15, 2020 2 2:32 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Catchweight (139 lbs) bout; Higo missed weight.
Win 19–5 Shawn Bunch Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 228 September 28, 2019 2 4:34 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 18–5 Aaron Pico TKO (elbow and punches) Bellator 206 September 29, 2018 1 3:19 San Jose, California, United States Featherweight bout.
Loss 18–4 Darrion Caldwell Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 195 March 2, 2018 1 2:36 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States For the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship.
Win 18–3 Joe Taimanglo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 184 October 6, 2017 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 17–3 Eduardo Dantas Decision (split) Bellator 177 April 14, 2017 3 5:00 Budapest, Hungary
Win 17–2 Steven Peterson Decision (unanimous) LFA 1: Peterson vs. Higo January 13, 2017 5 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 16–2 Joey Miolla Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) RFA 37 April 15, 2016 1 2:07 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 15–2 Melvin Blumer TKO (punches) RFA 32 November 6, 2015 1 2:58 Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States
Win 14–2 Terrion Ware Submission (rear-naked choke) RFA 29 August 21, 2015 3 4:58 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 13–2 Eduardo de Souza Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) Coliseu Extreme Fight 7 September 6, 2013 2 2:33 Alagoas, Brazil
Win 12–2 Francisco Antonio Araujo Rodrigues Submission (rear-naked choke) Arena Fight 5 January 18, 2013 1 2:42 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Win 11–2 Alex Silva Decision (unanimous) Conquista Kombat Championship November 17, 2012 3 5:00 Bahia, Brazil
Win 10–2 Janailson Kevin Pereira Lima Submission (rear-naked choke) Fort MMA 2 April 12, 2013 2 4:04 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Loss 9–2 Iliarde Santos Decision (unanimous) Jungle Fight 38 April 28, 2012 3 5:00 Pará, Brazil
Win 9–1 Erinaldo dos Santos Rodrigues Decision (unanimous) WFE 11 December 16, 2011 3 5:00 Bahia, Brazil
Win 8–1 Wagner Campos Decision (unanimous) WFE 10 September 16, 2011 3 5:00 Bahia, Brazil
Loss 7–1 Marcos Vinicius Costa Silva TKO (retirement) Recife Fighting Championship 2 May 20, 2010 2 3:58 Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 7–0 Dudu Dudu KO (punch) Nocaute Fight September 16, 2011 1 3:05 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Win 6–0 Gleidson Alves Martins Submission (triangle armbar) Guamare Fight 1 March 10, 2009 1 1:45 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Win 5–0 Arivaldo Batista da Silva KO (punch) Nordeste Fight Vale Tudo 4 July 5, 2008 1 4:12 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Win 4–0 Diego Tubarao Submission (armbar) Nordeste Fight Vale Tudo 4 July 5, 2008 1 2:50 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Win 3–0 Jose Mario Tome Submission (armbar) Arena Fight - Limoeiro 4 January 9, 2008 1 0:39 Ceara, Brazil
Win 2–0 Rodrigo Barbosa Submission (triangle choke) MZI: Fight 3 June 21, 2007 2 1:49 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Win 1–0 Gilson Gilson Submission (armbar) Nordeste Mega Fight Vale Tudo 2 May 4, 2006 2 1:50 Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil

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Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 1 win 1 loss
By knockout 0 0
By submission 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Reginaldo Vieira Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 May 17, 2015 (airdate) 1 4:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 Quarterfinals round
Win 1–0 Maycon Silvan Submission (arm triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 April 12, 2015 (airdate) 1 3:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 Entry round


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Steve Juon (February 27, 2018). "Bellator 195's Leandro 'Simple Man' Higo aims to script Hollywood ending for his family". mmamania.com.
  2. ^ Dan Tom (March 2, 2018). "Bellator 195 main-event breakdown: Will Darrion Caldwell's wrestling edge top Leandro Higo?". MMAjunkie.com.
  3. ^ "Leandro Higo Bellator Bio". Bellator.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  4. ^ "Bellator Rankings". www.bellator.com. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  5. ^ "RFA 29 Leandro Higo vs. Terrion Ware". Tapology.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  6. ^ "RFA 32 Leandro Higo vs. Melvin Blumer". Tapology.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  7. ^ "Devin Clark, Leandro Higo Crowned Champions at RFA 37". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  8. ^ "Leandro Higo Outpoints Steven Peterson, Captures Inaugural LFA Bantamweight Title". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  9. ^ "Cast for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Revealed". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  10. ^ "Leandro Higo Sherdog bio". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  11. ^ a b Damon Martin (May 25, 2015). "TUF Brazil 4: Episode 8 Recap". Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  12. ^ "Eduardo Dantas edges Leandro Higo in Non-Title affair". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  13. ^ "Caldwell unseats Dantas, takes Bantamweight Belt in Bellator 184 headliner". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  14. ^ "Caldwell guillotines Higo to retail Bantamweight crown in Bellator 195 headliner". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  15. ^ "Elite prospect Aaron Pico matched up with Leandro Higo at Bellator 206". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  16. ^ "Bellator 206 results: Aaron Pico rolls over Leandro Higo". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (November 7, 2019). "Leandro Higo, John Teixeira sign new multi-fight deals with Bellator". mmafighting.com.
  18. ^ Guilherme Cruz (February 14, 2020). "Leandro Higo vs. Johnny Campbell, Killys Mota vs. Nate Andrews added to Bellator 241 in March". mmafighting.com.
  19. ^ Guilherme Cruz (March 3, 2020). "Leandro Higo needs new opponent for next week's Bellator 241". mmafighting.com.
  20. ^ Damon Martin (March 6, 2020). "Leandro Higo now faces Dominic Mazzotta in featherweight bout at Bellator 241". mmafighting.com.
  21. ^ Steve Juon (October 16, 2020). "Bellator 249 'Cyborg vs Blencowe' recap with results, .gifs and interviews". mmamania.com.
  22. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2021-04-27). "Darrion Caldwell returns to bantamweight for Leandro Higo rematch at Bellator 259". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  23. ^ "Bellator 259 weigh-in results: Two fighters come in heavy, including co-headliner". MMA Junkie. 2021-05-20. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  24. ^ "Bellator 259: Leandro Higo edges Darrion Caldwell in rematch". FanSided. 2021-05-21. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  25. ^ Sherdog.com. "Leandro". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-30.

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