LFA makes International debut in Brazil this Friday at LFA 111

July 14, 2021 2:05 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 first of the two events takes place this Friday with Brazil’s top lightweight prospects headlining LFA 111.

LFA 111: De Sá vs. Bonfim takes place this Friday, July 16th at the Upper Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature a lightweight showdown between top prospects Rangel “Anaconda” De Sá and Ismael “Marreta” Bonfim. 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 finally bring the LFA to Brazil,” stated LFA CEO Ed Soares. “Rangel De Sá and Ismael Bonfim are two of the top lightweight prospects in the world, both are riding incredible win streaks, and they represent what Brazilian MMA is all about. We are excited to have fighters of this caliber headline our first event in Brazil, which is the birthplace of modern day MMA.”

De Sá (10-1) is the 24-year-old protégé of UFC legend Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo. The reigning Shooto Brasil champion is eager to carve out his own legacy in similar fashion to his mentor. On Friday, October 16th, 1998, Rizzo made his UFC debut on the first UFC event in Brazil. Now exactly 22 years and 9 months later, the man known as “Anaconda” will follow in the footsteps of Rizzo. He will make his LFA debut on the first LFA event in Brazil. De Sá is riding a 6-fight win streak that spans the last 3 years.

Bonfim (14-3) hails from Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, and is looking to assert himself as the top lightweight prospect from his country and arguably the world. The man known as “Marreta”, which means “Sledgehammer” in Portuguese, was given the nickname due to his devastating power. The 25-year-old has wielded his fists like sledgehammers en route to picking up 8 victories via KO or TKO. The Cerrado MMA product also has 3 submission wins to his credit and has not lost a fight in 7 years.

LFA 111: De Sá vs. Bonfim
Friday, July 16, 2021
Upper Arena
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Rangel De Sá (10-1) vs. Ismael Bonfim (14-3)

Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Ary Farias (10-2) vs. Marcos Breno (13-2)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Arthur Lima (9-1) vs. Rodrigo Lídio (11-2)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Rodolfo Bellato (6-1) vs. Carlos Eduardo (5-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Carlos Mota (5-0) vs. Rodrigo Roldan (4-3)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Yasmin Castanho (4-0) vs. Maristela Alves (4-0)

Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)

  • Eduardo Neves (3-0) vs. Eduardo Silva (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Kauê Fernandes (6-0) vs. Luan Sardinha (6-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Michelle Oliveira (2-0) vs. Stephanie Luciano (2-0)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • João Dantas (4-0) vs. Lucas Fernando (5-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Luan Lacerda (10-1) vs. Tayron Pedro (9-3)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Gabriella Hermógenes (5-1) vs. Queila Braga (3-0)

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).

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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