Leandro Higo wants to welcome Sergio Pettis to Bellator

Leandro Higo (right) is coming off a submission victory over Shawn Bunch. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former Bellator bantamweight contender Leandro Higo wants to be the one to meet Sergio Pettis in his promotional debut.

The younger brother of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis decided to part ways with the UFC after a 14-fight run inside the Octagon to join Bellator, and Higo, who recently signed a new multi-fight deal with the company, is campaigning for the match.

“I would like to welcome Sergio Pettis to Bellator,” Higo told MMA Fighting. “Nothing against him, he’s just a big name that’s coming from the UFC.”

Higo (19-5) is coming off a submission win over Shawn Bunch in September, bouncing from defeats to Darrion Caldwell and Aaron Pico. Pettis (18-5), who holds wins over names like Joseph Benavidez and Brandon Moreno in the UFC, recently won a decision against Tyson Nam.

“It would be a good fight because not only he’s a big name, he’s also a great fighter,” Higo said. “He’s a versatile fighter. He likes to throw kicks, has good jiu-jitsu. He’s a high-level fighter and training for him would make a better athlete. He’s a skilled fighter, a good match-up. He’s not one of those fighters that lay back and not engage, so that would make this a great fight.”

A former LFA bantamweight champion, Higo has shared the Bellator cage with some of the best names the company has to offer, including Eduardo Dantas and Joe Taimanglo, and is only interested in facing the top echelon of the division.

“I’ve been fighting the best for a long time,” Higo said. “I fought the champions and the contenders and just beat Shawn Bunch, who isn’t very well known in MMA but is very popular in the wrestling world. I only want to fight big fights now.”

Matchup Roundup: New UFC and Bellator fights announced in the past week (Nov.4-Nov. 10)

MMA fight announcements are hard to follow. With so many outlets and channels for news to break through, it’s nearly impossible to organize.

But here at MMA Junkie, we’ve got your back.

Each week, we’ll compile all the newly surfaced fights in one spot. Every Monday, expect a feature listing everything you might have missed from the UFC and Bellator.

Here are the fight announcements that were broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie from Nov. 4–Nov. 10:

UFC on ESPN+ 22: Nov. 16, Sao Paulo

Women’s flyweight: With Priscila Cachoeira out, Veronica Macedo (6-3-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) steps in to fight Ariane Lipski (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) (MMA Fighting)

UFC on ESPN 7: Dec. 7, Washington, D.C.

Heavyweight: With Walt Harris out, Jairzinho Rozenstruik (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) steps in to fight Alistair Overeem (45-17 MMA, 11-6 UFC) (ESPN)

Middleweight: With Alonzo Menifield out, Makhmud Muradov (23-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) steps in to fight Trevor Smith (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC)

Bellator Salute: Dec. 20, Honolulu

Heavyweight: Josh Barnett (35-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Ronny Markes (19-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA)

Bantamweight: Erik Perez (19-6 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Toby Misech (11-7 MMA, 1-1 BMMA)(KHON2)

More matchups on next page:

Fans illegally streamed KSI-Logan Paul 2 through a guy’s glasses

KSI VS. Logan Paul 2

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A unique way to watch a pirated stream.

I guess you can say a lot of fans watched KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 through the eyes of someone else.

Last Saturday’s main event between the two YouTube celebrities was behind the DAZN paywall in North America and Sky Box Office pay-per-view in the United Kingdom. Not everyone is necessarily willing to pony up the money to watch this fight, hence the murky but oft-explored world that is illegal streaming.

Of all the creative ways to pirate content, this is one hell of an idea. A man who (presumably) legally streamed the fight through DAZN was able to, ahem, “share” the broadcast with at least 11,000 followers through the reflection of his glasses. I’m not making that up, there is actual evidence that this happened.

“Don’t move bro” pretty much sums up the absurdity of it all.

KSI won a split decision over Logan Paul in their highly anticipated rematch. If they were to have a trilogy, who knows what lengths people will go through to illegally stream a fight?

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Jorge Masvidal’s team issued a prompt response to Nick Diaz’s apparent fight callout. (see above video)

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Gilbert Burns calls for fight with Anthony Pettis

Gilbert Burns has his eyes set on Anthony Pettis for his next fight.

Burns, who is on a four-fight winning streak, has taken back-to-back short notice fights at welterweight. There, he handed Alexey Kunchenko his first loss as a pro and followed that up with a decision win over Gunnar Nelson to enter the top-15 of the division.

Given he has fought at both welterweight and lightweight, the Brazilian has called for a fight with Anthony Pettis, who has also competed in both weight classes.

“Let’s make this fight happen. BURNS X PETTIS @showtimepettis @ufc @seanshelby @danawhite @aliabdelaziz,” Burns tweeted.

Burns has been calling for a ranked opponent since his win over Nelson, where he originally told BJPENN he wanted Neil Magny.

“I hope so. I don’t how things are going with USADA, I hope he can be cleared, I think he is. That fight makes sense, I hope it happens,” Burns explained. “He hasn’t fought for a while and I’m doing good at 170, my record in the UFC is 3-0 at welterweight. Fans are liking me so hell yeah I want that fight.”

Yet, he has shifted his focus to Pettis who is 10th in the welterweight division and 11th at lightweight. So, Gilbert Burns believes it is a good fight for him and a very intriguing matchup. Pettis is a striker and will look to keep the fight on the feet, while Burns has shown he has solid striking is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, so he should have the advantage on the ground.

It also makes sense ranking wise as Pettis is 1-1 at welterweight and coming off the loss to Nate Diaz. So, there is a chance he will have to fight down in the rankings where Burns is ranked 14th and on the rise at 170 pounds.

Gilbert Burns vs. Anthony Pettis is a fight that could headline a Fight Night card or be on the main card of a pay-per-view. However, “Showtime” has yet to respond to the callout so it is unknown if he is interested in the fight.

Would you want to see Gilbert Burns vs. Anthony Pettis? And, if it does happen, who do you think would win? Sound off in the comment section, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/11/2019.  

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