LFA brings the second Semi-Final in the Featherweight Tournament to Brazil at LFA 146

October 20, 2022 10:30 am.







LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced that the promotion will return to Brazil in November with the second Semi-Final in the LFA Featherweight Tournament. The winner will face José Delano in January in the tournament finale with the featherweight title on the line. This will be the seventh LFA event to take place in Brazil after the promotion’s international expansion began in the summer of 2021. This will also be the second LFA event to take place in the state of São Paulo. LFA has also visited the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro and Pernambuco.

LFA 146: Barbosa vs. Santos takes place Friday, November 4th at the Ginásio do Polvilho in Cajamar, São Paulo, Brazil. The main event will feature a featherweight semi-final bout between top prospects Márcio “Ticotô” Barbosa and Gabriel “Mosquitinho” Santos. 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 the second Semi-Final bout in our Featherweight Tournament to Brazil at LFA 146,” stated Soares. “Top prospects Márcio Barbosa and Gabriel Santos will face off in the main event with the winner advancing to the Tournament Finale in January. The winner will face José Delano with the LFA featherweight title on the line. Delano secured his spot last month by winning the first Semi-Final bout against Jair Jesuino with a highlight reel knockout in the first round of their bout at LFA 143.”

Barbosa (13-1) is an exciting 24-year-old prospect from Santana, which is the smallest municipality in the state of Amapá located in the North Region of Brazil. He trains under Ronildo Nobre at Academia Ronildo Nobre in his hometown and also trains extensively in the state of Rio de Janeiro at XDGJJ Icaraí with 5degree BJJ black belt Alexandre Vieria and the Luiz Paulo fight team. The man known as “Ticotô” has been a professional for 6 1/2 years and in that time has earned 13 wins with 12 coming by first round stoppage. Now the Amapáense will look to earn the biggest win of his career and a title shot when he fights in the second Semi-Final of the LFA Featherweight Tournament at LFA 146.

Santos (8-0) is a 25-year-old undefeated prospect from Beberibe, which is a coastal municipality in the state of Ceará located in the Northeast Region of Brazil. The proud Cearense trains under Andre Dida at Evolução Thai MMA in Curitiba, Paraná in southern Brazil. The regional kingpin has won all eight of his fights since turning pro two months before his 18th birthday. The man known as known as “Mosquitinho” most recently won the Future FC featherweight title, which is one of the most prestigious regional titles in Brazil. That victory cemented his spotless résumé and helped him secure a spot in the LFA Featherweight Tournament, where he hopes to advance to the finale with a win at LFA 146.

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

Main Event | Featherweight Tournament Bout (145 lb)
Márcio Barbosa (13-1) vs. Gabriel Santos (8-0)

Co-Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Felipe Douglas (20-5) vs. Rangel de Sá (11-2)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
Jean Matsumoto (11-0) vs. Inaildo Santos (9-1)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
Carlos Prates (14-6) vs. Moacir Rocha (12-6-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Felipe dos Santos (6-0) vs. Hugo Paiva (5-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)
Ana Paula Ferreira (4-1) vs. Julia Polastri (9-3)

Preliminary Card:

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Luana Santos (3-1) vs. Waleska Sousa (4-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Danilo Adreani (10-3) vs. Yan Teixeira (9-1)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)
Janaina Silva (4-0) vs. Nayara Hemily (5-3)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
Reginaldo Junior (5-0) vs. Marcos Zinhani (5-1)

Catchweight Bout (220 lb)
Levi Rodrigues (1-0) vs. Mark Lenon (1-0)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Manuel Robson Minoto (0-0) vs. Allan Oliveira (0-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)
Gabriela Fujimoto (0-0) vs. Eduarda Santana (1-1)

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.

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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 Municipality of Cajamar, through the Department of Public Works and Services, coordinated the complete renovation of the entire structure. of the Polvilho Gym. Maintenance and repairs were carried out in the entire infrastructure of the gym with new coverage, increase in the dimensions of the court, painting, accessibility to bathrooms, access ramp, installation of a new electronic scoreboard, new hydraulic basketball tables, renovation and installation of LED lighting in the entire indoor and outdoor area of ​​the gym. The restructuring of the space will provide significant improvements for the court to host the numerous competitions held throughout the year and also for the sports projects in various modalities that the City Hall offers free of charge to the population. For more info visit the Cajamar official website.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins