LFA brings Rio de Janeiro vs. vs. São Paulo team challenge to Brazil at LFA 136

June 21, 2022 4:45 pm.





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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced that the promotion will return to Brazil in July with a Rio de Janeiro vs. São Paulo team challenge. LFA 136 will feature a fight card filled with top prospects from the neighboring Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. They will face off in various weight classes with bragging rights and international recognition on the line. This will be the fifth LFA event to take place in Brazil after the promotion’s international expansion began last summer.

LFA 136: Rio de Janeiro vs. São Paulo takes place Friday, July 15th at the Centro Esportivo Municipal Ubaldo Gonçalves (CEMUG) in Caraguatatuba, São Paulo, Brazil. The main event will feature a featherweight showdown between top prospects Italo Gomes and Wellington “Predador” Prado. 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 continue the LFA’s international expansion in Brazil at LFA 136,” stated Soares. “After hosting four successful events in the state of Rio de Janeiro, we will now travel southwest across the border into the state of São Paulo. The fight card will be filled with matches featuring top fighters from the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. This includes Brazil’s top featherweight prospects Italo Gomes (RJ) and Wellington Prado (SP) who will meet in the main event.”

Gomes (11-2) is an exciting 26-year-old prospect from the coastal Brazilian municipality of Macaé, which is located in the state of Rio de Janeiro. He is a BJJ black belt and member of the Tata Fight Team in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which is where he moved to train once turning pro shortly after his 20th birthday. The Tatá Duarte protégé joined his teammate and UFC star André “Sergipano” Muniz on the world stage last month with a marquee win in the main event of LFA 132. Gomes used his grappling prowess to secure a Unanimous Decision win against fellow Brazilian prospect Melquizael Costa. Now the Fluminense will look to earn back-to-back headlining wins for the promotion as heads to the state of São Paulo to face their top prospect at LFA 136.

Prado (12-2) is a 22-year-old blue chip prospect from the municipality of Itapevi, which is located in the state of São Paulo. It sits in the western part of the Greater São Paulo metropolitan area just 22 miles to the west of the city of São Paulo. The proud Paulista is a member of the China Team in the city of São Paulo, which is led by Brazilian MMA veteran Gilmar “China” Sales. Prado and his twin brother Willian are both known as “Predador” due to their aggressive fighting style, which they learned from their father. All three men are BJJ black belts with the twin brothers both earning their black belts from their dad. Wellington Prado will now look to earn the biggest win of his career against Gomes, when the LFA makes its debut in his home state of São Paulo at LFA 136.

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

Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Italo Gomes (11-2) vs. Wellington Prado (12-2)

Co-Main Event | Flyweight Bout (125)

  • Davi Costa (11-3) vs. Eduardo Henrique da Silva (10-1)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Alexia Thainara (7-1) vs. Janaína Silva (4-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Jonas Bilharinho (9-2-1) vs. Pedro Lopes (5-0)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Wallace Lopes (9-2) vs. Rafael Costa (13-3)

Preliminary Card:

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Júnior Assis (7-3) vs. Hermison Oliveira (10-6)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Jairo Pacheco (6-0) vs. Lucas Barros (7-2)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Gabriel Souza (4-0) vs. Patrick Bittencourt (4-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Dayane Cristine (0-0) vs. Maria Eduarda Santana (0-0)

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).

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This post was written by Ryan Bevins