Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Higo vs Mikhailov?
Leandro Higo beat Nikita Mikhailov by submission in the 2nd round during the prelims of Bellator 298 – Storley vs. Ward, on Friday 11th August 2023 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Higo vs Mikhailov stats
Leandro Higo stepped into the octagon with a record of 21 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 12 by submission.
Nikita Mikhailov made his way to the cage with a record of 9 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Mikhailov had an advantage in power over Higo, with a 33% knock out percentage over Higo's 14%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Higo had a massive advantage over Mikhailov, boasting at 57% submission rate over Mikhailov's 0%.
Leandro Higo was the older man by 10 years, at 34 years old.
Higo had a height advantage of 1 inch over Mikhailov.
Higo was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 16 more fights, and made his debut in 2006, 10 years and 2 months earlier than Mikhailov, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 31 more professional rounds, 60 to Mikhailov's 29.
Higo vs Mikhailov form
Leandro Higo had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Danny Sabatello at Bellator 282 on 24th June 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 259 on 21st May 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had beat Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 249 on 15th October 2020 by split decision in the 2nd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had been beaten by Aaron Pico at Bellator 206 on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at SAP Center, San Jose.
He had lost to Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 195 on 2nd March 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their Bellator Bantamweight championship fight at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
Higo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 6 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
Mikhailov's last 4 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 11 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Higo vs Mikhailov?
Leandro Higo was a 15/8 (+190) underdog going into the contest, while Nikita Mikhailov made his way into the ring at 2/5 (-250) with oddsmakers.