Ismael Bonfim Outstrikes Rangel Ribeiro de Sa in LFA 111 Main Event

By Tyler Treese Jul 16, 2021

The Legacy Fighting Alliance's first card on Brazilian soil led to an exciting night of fights.

Headlining the LFA 111 card was a lightweight fight between prospects Rangel Ribeiro de Sa and Ismael Bonfim. The well-matched fight was tightly contested with both fighters having their moments in the opening rounds. Bonfim (15-3) would land a nice knee to the head of de Sa (10-2) in Round 3, which showed he was the superior fighter. Bonfim would take a unanimous decision win with scores of 28-27, 28-27 and 29-27.

The co-main event saw bantamweight Marcos Breno make his mark against Ary Farias. Breno (14-2) landed a walk-off knockout early in Round 1 with a huge overhand right that left Farias (10-3) out cold. The fight was called off after just 56 seconds.

In a bout between experienced lightweights, Arthur Lima took on Rodrigo Lidio. It was Lidio (12-2) that landed early as he floored Lima (9-3), who quickly recovered and managed to get a takedown to control the rest of Round 1. However, Lidio landed a huge left hook in Round 2 that knocked Lima completely out. The win officially came at the 23-second mark of the second frame.

In light heavyweight action, Rodolfo Bellato impressed against Carlos Eduardo Souza Custodio. Bellato (7-1) hurt Custodio (5-2) on the feet early in the first frame and later sunk in a rear-naked choke for the submission win at the 3:05 mark. "Trator" is now on a two-fight win streak.

Unbeaten lightweights Kaue Fernandes and Luan Andre Souza Sardinha clashed for 15 minutes. While Fernandes (6-1) was in control early on, Sardinha (8-0) would mount a comeback in the second frame to even the bout with aggressive striking. Sardinha would carry the momentum into the third round against an exhausted Fernandes, which resulted in a unanimous decision victory (28-26, 28-26, 28-27) for "Panterinha."

Strawweight prospect Yasmin Castanho made a statement against Maristela Alves do Nascimento. Castanho (5-0) was able to lock in an armbar early in Round 1 and forced Nascimento (4-1) to finally tap at the 4:20 mark. "Monster" has now finished four of her five victories.

The main card opened with a battle between undefeated heavyweights named Eduardo. In the end, it was Eduardo Jose Neves (4-0) that kept his record spotless. The Brazilian was able to connect with heavy punches that clipped Eduardo Weslley (1-1) and finished the fight in just 57 seconds.

In preliminary action, strawweight Stephanie Bruna Luciano won a split decision over Michele dos Santos Oliveira in an upset; middleweight prospect Lucas Fernando knocked out Joao Vitor Ramos Dantas with a flying knee at 2:29 of Round 1; and Luan Lacerda submitted Tayron Pedro with a heel hook at 1:06 of Round 2.
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