LFA brings one-night Welterweight Grand Prix to Brazil at LFA 112

July 14, 2021 5:00 pm.









LAS VEGAS, Nevada —LFA CEO Ed Soares announced in June that the promotion is going international this month. LFA will bring its first international events to the country of Brazil with a pair of shows that will be hosted this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The second of the two events takes place this Sunday with a one-night Welterweight Grand Prix at LFA 112.

LFA 112: Welterweight Grand Prix takes place this Sunday, July 18th at the Upper Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will host a one-night Welterweight Grand Prix featuring top prospects Gabriel Bonfim, Brenner Alberth, Diego Dias, and Carlos Leal. The tournament champion will become the new LFA welterweight world champion. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“We are excited to bring a Welterweight Grand Prix to Brazil,” stated LFA CEO Ed Soares. “This will be the first one-night tournament in LFA history and we felt it would be the perfect way to conclude our second of two shows this weekend in Brazil. Gabriel Bonfim, Brenner Alberth, Diego Dias, and Carlos Leal are the top four welterweight prospects in Brazil. The four of them will enter this historic tournament, but only one will walk away the new LFA welterweight world champion at LFA 112.”

The one-night MMA tournament is near and dear to the heart of fight fans everywhere. It was the tried and true format that the UFC used from its inception at UFC 1 in 1993 up until UFC 23 in 1998. Over that five year span, the UFC hosted 20 events that featured one-night tournaments and 23 champions were crowned due to three events hosting two of these tournaments in different weight classes.

The inaugural LFA Welterweight Grand Prix will also feature a pair of alternate bouts. Junior Marques faces Quemuel Ottoni and Uyran Carlos meets Wendell Giacomo on the preliminary card. The winners will serve as replacements in case one of the four tournament competitors is unable to continue.

The winner of the inaugural LFA Welterweight Grand Prix will become the sixth welterweight champion in LFA history. The five previous champions were Derrick Krantz, James Nakashima, Jason Jackson, Jaleel Willis, and Maycon Mendonça.

LFA 112: Welterweight Grand Prix
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Upper Arena
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Main Card (Available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS®):

Main Event | Welterweight Title Bout (170 lb)

  • Tournament Finalist vs. Tournament Finalist

Co-Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Carlos Augusto da Silva (19-2) vs. Otto Rodrigues (12-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Rafael Ramos (9-0) vs. Felipe Esteves (7-0)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Junior Luiz (7-3) vs. Kaynan Kruschewsky (10-1)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Elaine Lopes (4-0) vs. Dayane de Souza (5-1-1)

Welterweight Semi-Final Bout (170 lb)

  • Diego Dias (13-3) vs. Carlos Leal (12-3)

Welterweight Semi-Final Bout (170 lb)

  • Gabriel Bonfim (10-0) vs. Brenner Alberth (8-0)

Preliminary Card:

Welterweight Semi-Final Alternate Bout (170 lb)

  • Junior Marques (9-2) vs. Quemuel Ottoni (9-3)

Welterweight Semi-Final Alternate Bout (170 lb)

  • Uyran Carlos (11-4) vs. Wendell Giacomo (8-2)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Gabriel Braga (5-0) vs. Jhonatan Cordeiro (5-1)

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Brena Cardozzo (4-0) vs. Vania Caceres (3-2)

LFA has sent over 230 fighters to the UFC and many of those men and women are from Brazil. There are currently LFA alumni from Brazil competing in all eight men’s divisions in the UFC and five Brazilian LFA alumni are currently ranked in the UFC. Those five fighters include Alexandre Pantoja, Pedro Munhoz, Diego Ferreira, Thiago Moisés, and Mackenzie Dern. In the first week of June 2021 alone, Gregory Rodrigues and Tabatha Ricci both made their UFC debut after each went 3-0 in the LFA.

In 2017, RFA and Legacy FC merged to form LFA, the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts. The combined forces of LFA launched the careers of over 220 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In 2018, the promotion joined the Imperial Family Companies group (formerly London Trust Media). In 2019, the promotion announced a broadcast partnership with UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Please visit LFA.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Facebook.com/LFAfighting. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

About LFA:
LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. Based in Las Vegas, NV, LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

UFC FIGHT PASS® is the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Since launching in 2013, UFC FIGHT PASS is now available in more than 200 countries and territories. FIGHT PASS provides its members with unlimited access to live UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims; live mixed martial arts and combat sports from around the world; original series and historical programming; special features; behind-the-scenes content; in-depth interviews; and up-to-the minute reports on the world of combat sports. UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers also have 24/7 access to the world’s largest fight library, featuring more than 20,000 bouts from dozens of combats sports organizations, as well as every fight in UFC history. Fight fans can access UFC FIGHT PASS on personal computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs with Android TV. For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.

The Imperial Family Companies maintains a diversified portfolio with one common theme: bringing power to the people. The IFC is proud to partner with the LFA management team to showcase the greatest talents of tomorrow. Learn more about the IFC at ImperialFamily.com.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins