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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