Leandro Higo (born January 19, 1989) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight 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.
|Born||January 19, 1989|
Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil|
|Team||Pitbull Brothers |
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts 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. Following a first round victory over Melvin Blumer at RFA 32, he won the RFA Bantamweight title with a first round rear-naked choke victory against Joey Miolla at RFA 37.
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.
The Ultimate Fighter BrazilEdit
Higo competed in the Bantamweight division on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4. 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. 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. However, his rib injury sustained in the previous week's bout with Mesquita worsened and he was forced to withdraw.
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.
Higo was expected to face Johnny Campbell in a bantamweight bout at Bellator 241 on March 13, 2020. However, Campbell withdrew from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Dominic Mazzotta, the bout continuing as a featherweight bout.
Higo faced Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 259 on May 21, 2021. 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. Higo won the bout via split decision.
Higo has a son.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||21 wins||5 losses|
|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|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|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|
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