Higo, who reigned supreme atop the bantamweight division in Legacy Fighting Alliance, will make his promotional debut in Budapest. The 28 year old was undefeated in RFA, where he won the vacant belt after defeating Joey Miolla, and at LFA 1, he defeated Steven Peterson via unanimous decision. In doing this, he won the inaugural LFA bantamweight championship and unified the Legacy FC and Resurrection Fighting Alliance bantamweight championships. The Brazilian holds a 17-2 record in MMA and BJJ black belt has ten wins coming by way of decision. ‘Pitbull’ has been seen as one of the most highly touted prospects over the years and expectations will be high ahead of his Bellator debut.
Dantas, who is the current Bellator bantamweight champion, has a 19-4 record in MMA and has defeated fighters such as Joe Warren, Marcos Galvao, Wilson Reis and Zach Makovsky. ‘DuDu’ won the bantamweight title for the second time in June of 2016 after defeating Galvao via unanimous decision at Bellator 156. The Nova Uniao fighter is highly regarded as one of the best bantamweights on the planet and will be the overwhelming favourite come fight night. Dantas has shown that he can go the distance with nine wins coming by decision. He has also obtained six wins by submission and four wins via knockout.
Bellator 177 will take place on April 14th and will be held at the Budapest Sports Arena in Hungary.