Mild bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell will return to the burden class next month after a 3-war stint at featherweight.
Caldwell (14-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) is decided to utilize on Leandro Higo (20-5 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) in a rematch at Bellator 259. MMA Junkie confirmed the booking with a Bellator reputable following an preliminary instruct from MMAFighting.com.
Bellator 259 takes region Would maybe perchance simply 21 at Mohegan Sun Area in Uncasville, Conn. The predominant card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Caldwell received the bantamweight title at Bellator 184 in 2017 with a resolution over Eduardo Dantas. In his first title defense, he took on Higo at Bellator 195 and submitted him with a guillotine choke midway through the first round.
After a one-off featherweight think over Noad Lahat, he challenged Kyoji Horiguchi for RIZIN’s 135-pound title and become as soon as submitted in the third round. In June 2019, Horiguchi slid over to Bellator to war Caldwell for his belt and took it from him in their rematch.
Later that year, Caldwell chanced on himself abet at 145 pounds for Bellator’s match. He beat Henry Corrales in the gap round, then Adam Borics in the quarterfinals. However in the semifinals, he become as soon as tapped out by A.J. McKee this past November with one among the year’s most talked-about submissions.
After Higo’s loss to Caldwell in March 2018, he become as soon as stopped by Aaron Pico with a predominant-round TKO. However after a year off, he bounced abet with a submission over Shawn Bunch in 2019 and one over Ricky Bandejas this past October for his second straight think.
With the addition, the Bellator 259 lineup now contains:
- Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith – for women’s featherweight title
- Fabian Edwards vs. Austin Vanderford
- Brett Johns vs. Matheus Mattos
- Hannah Guy 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