Event: Bellator 206: “Mousasi vs. MacDonald”
Date: Sat, September 29, 2018, in DAZN
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, California
Bellator 206 Main Event:
185 lbs.: Middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (20-4)
Bellator 206 main card (10 p.m. ET):
265 lbs.: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-13) vs. Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1-1)
170 pounds: Douglas Lima (29-7) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (21-2)
145 pounds: Aaron Pico (3-1) vs. Leandro Higo (18-4)
115 lbs.: Keri Taylor-Melendez (2-0) vs. Dakota Zimmerman (0-0)
Bellator 206 Undercard:
145 pounds: Ignacio Ortiz (1-0) vs. Jacob Ycaro (1-0)
185 lbs.: Abraham Vaesau (3-1) vs. DeMarco Villalona (2-3)
145 pounds: Arlene Blencowe (10-7) vs. Amber Leibrock (3-1)
160 pounds: Adam Piccolotti (10-2) vs. James Terry (20-9)
145 pounds: Gastón Bolaños (3-1) vs. Ysidro Gutiérrez (4-2)
145 pounds: Justin Smitley (10-7-1) vs. Jeremiah Labiano (11-6)
135 pounds: Joe Neal (6-3) vs. Josh San Diego (7-4)
205 lbs.: Chuck Campbell (0-0) vs. Joseph Ramirez (1-1)
155 lbs.: Anthony Figueroa Jr. (0-0) vs. Samuel Romero (0-1)
135 lbs.: Isaiah Gonzalez (2-0) vs. Khai Wu (2-1)
145 pounds: Ahmed Abdelaziz (0-0) vs. Laird Anderson (0-0)
155 lbs.: Danasabe Mohammed (5-2) vs. Sal Becerra (6-2)
135 lbs.: Cass Bell (1-0) vs. Ty Costa (3-3)
However, just like after the loss to “Dudu” Dantas, the Brazilian remains undeterred.
“Darrion Caldwell is an excellent fighter,” said Higo. “But I’m sure we’ll see each other soon, or he or ‘Dudu’, the guys I’m aiming for, who are the best, because my goal is to be a champion.”
Fig, however, has a more immediate concern in Pico. And while dealing with a much more inexperienced enemy, at least as far as MMA is concerned, the Brazilian is not looking in any way beyond an opponent he respects and believes has a lot of potential.
Fig is aware of Pico’s achievements in wrestling. He also knows the solid boxing skills of Pico, who also knows that Miguel Cotto, of whom Higo brazilian is a great admirer, has helped to perfect.
To summarize: if you expect Higo to start saying bad things about Pico, he will be disappointed.
That is not a surprise. Even if Pico were the kind of fighter who makes his opponents sound out of the cage, which he does not really like, Fig has never been interested in creating animosity towards his competition.
“Opponents are opponents, they are not enemies,” said Higo. “I do not like to fight angry, I like to fight happy, I think when you’re happy you fight with more awareness, more care and an open mind, I think that anger gives you the feeling of … you get lost in the game. He struggles with a single blow, and sometimes that blow does not land, and he gets frustrated, I do not like to fight with anger, I like to fight with determination and desire to win. ”
This fight, says Higo, will not be different.
Well, not in that sense, anyway. After putting in work for a five round bout with champion Caldwell and not passing the first round, Higo was hungry for more. Which, he cautions, could mean a slightly different version of him on September 29.
“This fight will have an extra flavor, because I will be much more aggressive,” said Higo. “I’m going back to Higo from before: aggressive, (but) calm and calm, always looking to end the fight, whether it’s a knockout or a submission.”