Previous bantamweight winner Darrion Caldwell will return to the body weight course subsequent month right after a a few-fight stint at featherweight.
Caldwell (14-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) is set to choose on Leandro Higo (20-5 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) in a rematch at Bellator 259. MMA Junkie confirmed the booking with a Bellator official following an original report from MMAFighting.com.
Bellator 259 takes area May well 21 at Mohegan Sunshine Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The principal card airs on Showtime adhering to prelims on MMA Junkie.
Caldwell gained the bantamweight title at Bellator 184 in 2017 with a conclusion in excess of Eduardo Dantas. In his 1st title defense, he took on Higo at Bellator 195 and submitted him with a guillotine choke midway via the initially round.
Soon after a one particular-off featherweight gain around Noad Lahat, he challenged Kyoji Horiguchi for RIZIN’s 135-pound title and was submitted in the third round. In June 2019, Horiguchi slid about to Bellator to battle Caldwell for his belt and took it from him in their rematch.
Later on that year, Caldwell uncovered himself back at 145 lbs for Bellator’s match. He beat Henry Corrales in the opening spherical, then Adam Borics in the quarterfinals. But in the semifinals, he was tapped out by A.J. McKee this past November with a single of the year’s most talked-about submissions.
Right after Higo’s loss to Caldwell in March 2018, he was stopped by Aaron Pico with a to start with-round TKO. But immediately after a yr off, he bounced back with a submission in excess of Shawn Bunch in 2019 and a single above Ricky Bandejas this previous Oct for his second straight get.
With the addition, the Bellator 259 lineup now features:
- Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith – for women’s featherweight title
- Fabian Edwards vs. Austin Vanderford
- Brett Johns vs. Matheus Mattos
- Hannah Dude vs. Valerie Loureda
- Alfie Davis vs. Alexander Shabliy
- Tyree Fortune vs. Grant Neal
- Christian Edwards vs. Ben Parrish
- Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Adam Piccolotti
- Nate Andrews vs. Saad Awad
- Sean Felton vs. Aviv Gozali
- Janay Harding vs. Leah McCourt
- Darrion Caldwell vs. Leandro Higo