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LFA 111

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA 111) goes down this Friday and will host a seven-fight card. For the first time in promotion history, the LFA is leaving the US and going to a different country. The event will be held in the Upper Arena out of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

LFA Main Event

The main event will be a lightweight clash between Rangel de Sá (10-1) and Ismael Bonfim (14-3).  Along with an impressive MMA record, Rangel “Anaconda” de Sa was a Muay Thai Brazilian champion. Sa has been on a tear lately winning his last six fights. Recently he just won the Shooto Brasil 166lbs championship adding to his collection. Ismael “Marreta” Bonfim is on a big eight-fin win streak and hasn’t lost since 2014. He’s fought for both Jungle Fight and Shooto Brasil – two of the biggest promotions in Brazil. Bonfim in his most recent fight captured the Federal Fight lightweight strap. The 25-year-old trains with UFC welterweight Vincente Luque at Cerrado MMA

LFA Co-main Event

In the co-main event, it’s jiu-jitsu specialist Ary Farias (10-2) taking on Marcos Breno (13-2). Farias is a BJJ black belt, a two-time IBJJF World Champion, and in 2011 he was first in the IBJJF European Open and the CBJJ Brazilian Nationals. “AstroBoy” made his MMA debut in 2014 and quickly asserted himself as one of Brazil’s top prospects. This will be the second LFA appearance for Farias. He’s also fought for ACB back in 2017-2018. He recently won last October winning the Taura MMA bantamweight title. In a bantamweight battle, his opponent Marcos Breno is coming off a win last February. Breno is 8-1 in his last nine fights as that loss came to former UFC fighter Taylor Lapilus. The young 23-year-old has mainly fought for small local shows in Brazil but has still fought decent enough competition.

Lima vs Lídio

In the fight leading up to the co-main event sees a lightweight bout between two established lightweight prospects. The 25-year-old Arthur Lima (9-1) will fight the older Rodrigo Lídio (11-2) who is 32-years-old. Lima so far has thrived as a pro as his sole loss is to Pavel Gordeev. Gordeev is a solid prospect. Lima trains with the Pitbull Brothers team out of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. He trains with many guys but most notable being Bellator’s Patricio and Patricky Pitbull. His opponent Rodrigo Lídio has been a bit more tested on the regional scene. Lidio is a two-time Quality Combat lightweight champion. His last three fights were for Future FC and won their lightweight championship last October. Across eleven pro fights, Lidio has a 100% finish rate.

Bellato vs Eduardo

In a battle between Team Nogueira and Tata Fight Team, a pair of light heavy-weights will clash. Nogueira’s Rodolfo Bellato (6-1) is taking on Tata Fight Team’s Carlos Eduardo (5-1) who is riding a lot of momentum. Bellato is a Brazilian Champion in Jiu-Jitsu and a Pan-American Champion. He’s also a former Copa Brasil Kickboxing champion and fought for WGP. Bellato is making his return to MMA for the first time since December of 2019. On the other side of the cage will be Carlos Eduardo who is on a four-fight win streak. Since losing in 2017 Eduardo hasn’t lost since. He’s fought for NCE, Shooto Brasil, and in his last fight, he won the Mr. Cage light-heavyweight title.

Mota vs Roldan

Flyweight Carlos Mota (5-0) is finally making his long-awaited return to the cage after a career performance in his LFA debut in 2019. He was supposed to fight Victor Altamirano last February but VISA issues held that back. Looking to stop him in his tracks is Argentina’s Rodrigo Roldan (4-3). Roldan is a boxing and muay thai coach for Rio Fighters residing out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Castanho vs Alves

In a fight between two undefeated women’s strawweight’s, Yasmin Castanho (4-0) will fight Maristela Alves (4-0). Castanho made her MMA debut in 2018. Despite only having four fights in her last bout she won the Taura MMA Strawweight championship. Her opponent Alves has a similar career to Castanho making her debut in 2018 and holding a 4-0 record.

Neves vs Silva

To open up the main card is a pair of big heavyweights in Eduardo Neves (3-0) and Eduardo Silva (1-0). Neves the young 22-year-old fights out of Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil. He has fought for Jungle Fight and Thunder Fight and has a 100% finish rate. His opponent Silva is only 1-0 as a pro and hasn’t fought since June of 2018. “Gigante” standing at 6’7″ has also finished all his fights.

Catch this stacked card exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 9:00 PM EST

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