Brazilian bantamweight prospect Leandro Higo has signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.
Higo confirmed the deal via Instagram on Thursday following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. A date and opponent for Higo’s promotional debut are currently unknown.
“I’m very happy to say I’m a Bellator fighter,” Higo wrote. “I was very impressed with the organization [when he cornered Patricky Freire against Saad Awad at Bellator 141], and I couldn’t be happier with the plans they have for the future. I’m looking for another belt now.”
Higo will enter his Bellator MMA debut on an eight-fight winning streak. In his last outing, the former Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion outpointed ex-Legacy Fighting Championship titlist Stephen Peterson at Legacy Fighting Alliance’s inaugural event to claim the organization’s vacant 135-pound crown.
Higo also competed on Season 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” where he lost in the quarterfinals. He did not get an official bout in the UFC after appearing on the reality show. The 28-year-old Pitbull Brothers product is 17-2 as a professional overall.