Bellators show on Sept. 29 is becoming quite the stacked affair.
Featherweight phenom Aaron Pico will look to extend his run of first-round knockouts when he meets former Bellator title challenger Leandro Higo in a marquee matchup at Bellator 206, which takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. MMA Fighting confirmed the booking Wednesday following an initial report by The Orange County Register.
Pico (3-1) has looked like a destroyer thus far in his young career. The 21-year-old blue-chip prospect enters Bellator 206 on the heels of a trio of consecutive first-round knockout wins over the likes of Justin Linn, Shane Krutchen, and Lee Morrison. The latter two of those wins came in a combined 107 seconds.
In Higo (18-4), though, Pico faces easily the toughest test of his MMA career.
The 29-year-old Brazilian is on the comeback trail after suffering a first-round loss to Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in his most recent fight this past March at Bellator 195. Prior to that, Higo lost a razor-thin split decision to former champion Eduardo Dantas then handily defeated fellow bantamweight contender Joe Taimanglo.
The event also features the start of the promotions upcoming welterweight grand prix with a matchup between former titleholders, Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov, as well as a grudge match between MMA legends Quinton Ramapge Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.