LFA returns to Brazil with a Lightweight Showdown at LFA 132

April 26, 2022 8:40 am.








LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced an update today for the promotion’s return to Brazil. LFA 132 on Friday, May 13th will be topped with a new lightweight showdown after the original headliner Rodrigo “The Dynamis” Lídio withdrew from the bout. This will be the fourth LFA event to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the promotion’s international expansion took place last summer.

LFA 132: Gomes vs. Costa takes place Friday, May 13th at the Qualistage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature a lightweight showdown between top prospects Italo Gomes and Melquizael “Melk” Costa. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“We had a change at the top of LFA 132, but we are excited to bring another stacked event to Brazil in May,” stated Soares. “Italo Gomes will now fight Melquizael Costa in a battle of two of Brazil’s fastest rising lightweight prospects. This is the most high-profile lightweight match to come to Brazil this year and the winner will propel himself to the top of the division. Our first three events in Brazil have been amazing and we look forward to continuing our growth there in the country at LFA 132.”

Gomes (10-2) is an exciting 25-year-old prospect from the coastal Brazilian municipality of Macaé. The city is generally considered to be the center of the offshore petroleum industry in Brazil and it is often referred to as “Cidade do Petróleo” (“City of Petroleum”). Similarly, Gomes has emerged as the latest top resource in his country’s legendary MMA scene. Gomes is a BJJ black belt and member of the Tata Fight Team in Rio de Janeiro, which is where he moved to train once turning pro shortly after his 20th birthday. Now the Tatá Duarte protégé will look to join his teammate and UFC star André “Sergipano” Muniz on the world stage with a marquee win in the main event of LFA 132.

Costa (17-4) is one of the more intriguing prospects to come out of Brazil in recent years and he was eager to step up into the main event slot of LFA 132, when Lídio withdrew. The man known as “Melk” hails from the municipality of Bauru, which is located in the midwestern region of the state of São Paulo. The 25-year-old began his career 8 years ago and has compiled 17 career wins, but it is his recent work that has seen the Paulista take his career to the next level. Costa has gone 5-0 over the past 3 years, which includes winning his international debut just 5 weeks ago in Mexico. That win earned the Brazilian a regional title and a spot in the main event of LFA 132.

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

Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Italo Gomes (10-2) vs. Melquizael Costa (17-4)

Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Luan Lacerda (11-1) vs. Marciley Alves (9-2)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Gabriel Silva (8-2) vs. Ronio Junior (8-1)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Leo Leite (10-2) vs. Claiton Trassante (9-1)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Yasmin Castanho (5-0) vs. Bruna Brasil (6-2-1)

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Edna Oliveira (10-9-1) vs. Gabriella Hermogenes (6-1)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Jose Henrique (4-0) vs. Pedro Oliveira (5-0-1)

Preliminary Card:

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Lincon Santos (5-1) vs. Rodrigo Roldan (5-3)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Gabriel Souza (3-0) vs. Lucas Sousa (2-0)

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 260 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®. In 2021, the LFA expanded internationally by hosting multiple events in Brazil.

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 combat 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 maintain 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