Bellator has a new main event for its upcoming trip to Budapest, Hungary, on April 14.
Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas, who was initially scheduled to defend his title against Darrion Caldwell, will now take on fellow Brazilian Leandro Higo after Caldwell suffered an undisclosed injury. Bellator officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.
Dantas (19-4) re-captured the 135-pound belt in June 2016, defeating former teammate Marcos Galvao for the second time. “Dudu" went on to defend the gold six months later, avenging his only Bellator loss with a decision over Joe Warren.
Higo (17-2), one of the best bantamweight prospects out of Brazil, makes his promotional debut after winning eight straight, including winning and defending the RFA and LFA belts.
Teixeira (21-1-2), Dantas’ teammate at Nova Uniao, is unbeaten in almost five years. At 4-0 under the Bellator banner, “Macapa" faces the biggest challenge of his career in Weichel (38-9), a former Bellator tournament winner and title contender who brings a a three-fight winning streak to the cage.