LFA brings Interim Light-Heavyweight Championship to Brazil at LFA 159








LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced that the promotion will have a new main event when it returns to the Brazilian coastal city of Caraguatatuba this Saturday at LFA 159. This will be the third LFA event to be held on a Saturday and it will be the tenth LFA event to take place in Brazil after the promotion’s international expansion began in the summer of 2021.

LFA 159: Bellato vs. Dos Santos takes place this Saturday, May 27th at the CIDE Casa Branca Sports Complex in Caraguatatuba, São Paulo, Brazil. The main event will feature an interim light-heavyweight title fight between top prospects Rodolfo “Trator” Bellato and Acácio “Pequeno” Dos 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 interim light-heavyweight championship to the southeast coast of Brazil at LFA 159,” stated Soares. “The new main event will crown an interim 205-pound champion, when top prospects Rodolfo Bellato and Acácio Dos Santos fight for the interim light-heavyweight title. The winner will then get a chance to unify the title against current champion Bruno Lopes later this year. The previously announced main event between women’s strawweight champion Julia Polastri and undefeated challenger Rose Conceição has been canceled after Polastri withdrew from the bout, which was scheduled for this Saturday. We hope to see them both back in action soon.”

Bellato (9-2) and Dos Santos (15-5) vie to become the LFA’s seventh light-heavyweight champion. This interim opportunity became available to both men as the promotion awaits the return of its undefeated sitting champion Bruno “Brunão” Lopes, who won the title last September in the main event of LFA 143. The champion is expected to fight the winner of Bellato vs. Dos Santos in a title unification bout later this year.

Bellato and Dos Santos have taken similar paths over the past 12 months. After picking up wins early in 2022, both men were invited to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series last summer. Now they are looking to get back on the UFC boss’ radar. That began earlier this year with both prospects earning dominant TKO wins. Now it continues as both men have their sights set on capturing LFA gold in the main event of LFA 159.

Main Card: (Available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.)

Main Event | Interim Light-Heavyweight Title Bout (205 lb)
Rodolfo Bellato (9-2) vs. Acácio Dos Santos (15-5)

Co-Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Anderson Ferreira (17-4) vs. Junior Luiz (9-4)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
Geraldo Neto (16-6) vs. Argemiro Delmandes (15-8)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Lucas Rocha (15-1) vs. Matheus Da Silva (11-3)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
Vinicius Pires (6-1) vs. Kauã Fernandes (6-1)

Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)
Hugo Cunha (6-1) vs. Fernando Batista (11-7)


Preliminary Card:

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
Gabriel Silva (9-3) vs. Lerryan Douglas (8-4)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Marcos Degli (8-3) vs. Hugo Paiva (6-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
Isaias Simões (8-5) vs. João Paulo Santos (11-3)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Manuel Robson Minoto (2-0) vs. Juan Pablo Vieira (3-0)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)
Levi Rodrigues (2-0) vs. Jose Carlos Lima (2-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)
Rafaela Silva (0-0) vs. Aieza Bertolso (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 270 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. Visit the official LFA Youtube page at @LFA_Fighting. 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).

UFC FIGHT PASS® is the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Since launching in 2013, UFC FIGHT PASS is now available in more than 200 countries and territories. FIGHT PASS provides its members with unlimited access to live UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims; live mixed martial arts and combat sports from around the world; original series and historical programming; special features; behind-the-scenes content; in-depth interviews; and up-to-the minute reports on the world of combat sports. UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers also have 24/7 access to the world’s largest fight library, featuring more than 20,000 bouts from dozens of combats sports organizations, as well as every fight in UFC history. Fight fans can access UFC FIGHT PASS on personal computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs with Android TV. For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.


The Imperial Family Companies maintains a diversified portfolio with one common theme: bringing power to the people. The IFC is proud to partner with the LFA management team to showcase the greatest talents of tomorrow. Learn more about the IFC at ImperialFamily.com.


The Municipality of Caraguatatuba, through the Secretariat of Public Works, restarted the works on the CIDE Casa Branca Sports Complex in 2021, after judicial approval. The purpose of the space is to meet the great demand for recreation and sports in the neighborhoods. The complex contains eight bathrooms, two locker rooms, two 21mx30m courts, seven multipurpose rooms, parking and a laundry room. When necessary, the two courts can be transformed into one, so that official and federated games of all modalities can be played in Caraguatatuba. For more information visit the Official Municipality of Caraguatatuba website.

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