Prospect Aaron Pico to Face Ex-Title Challenger Leandro Higo at Bellator 206

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    Aaron Pico, Bellator 199
    Aaron Pico, Bellator 199 post-fight Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

    Leandro Higo is set to give Aaron Pico his toughest test to date at Bellator 206 in September.

    Aaron Pico continues to pursue challenges during his fledgling MMA career. The standout wrestler has refused to take easy fights throughout his career thus far, insisting on fighting much more experienced opponents. Now, Pico is set for his toughest test yet, as he will face former title challenger Leandro Higo at Bellator 206. The Orange County Register first reported the news.

    Pico (3-1) is one of a bumper crop of rookies and prospects that Bellator has quietly signed up in recent years. Along with names like A.J. McKee, Logan Storley, Joey Davis, the Fortune Brothers, and Baby Slice, he represents a strong future for the company. However, it seems like Pico, who has won three straight since a debut loss just over a year ago, is not content to wait for the future. Hence the booking with Higo.

    All three of Pico’s victories have been KO/TKO finishes within the first round.

    Higo (18-3) most recently suffered a defeat at the hands of champ Darrion Caldwell earlier this year at Bellator 195. It was the second attempt to book the Brazilian into a title fight; an earlier opportunity against then-champ Eduardo Dantas fell through when Higo missed weight. That bout, at Bellator 177, proceeded at a catchweight.

    Overall, Higo is 1-2 in Bellator. Prior to that, Higo had been on a four fight win streak.

    Bellator 206 takes place September 26 at the SAP Center in Los Angeles, CA.

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