Vanilto Antunes dethrones Geraldo Neto to capture the LFA Welterweight Title at LFA 179

RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ, Brazil — The LFA returned to Rio de Janeiro, which is the city where it began its international expansion in the summer of 2021. LFA 179 went down in “Cidade Maravilhosa” and was capped with a championship headliner. In the main event, prolific knockout artist Vanilto Antunes dethroned LFA welterweight champion Geraldo Neto via TKO (Punches) at 3:21 of Round 1. The man known as the “King of Rio” showed why as he dismantled the champion to capture the title in the first round. In the co-main event, José “Ze” Delano dominated Alan “El Gaucho” Villalba in the latest rendition of the fierce Brazil vs. Argentina rivalry. The Brazilian used crisp boxing to drop the Argentinian and then finished the bout via Rear Naked Choke with 5-seconds left in the opening round. The other fight results can be found below:



Main Card (Worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT):

Main Event | Welterweight Title Bout (170 lb)
Vanilto Antunes def. Geraldo Neto via TKO (Punches) at 3:21 of Round 1.

Co-Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
José Delano def. Alan Villalba via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:55 of Round 1.

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
Felipe Oliveira def. Caio Machado via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
Michael Oliveira def. Dallys Gama via KO (Head Kick and Ground Strikes) at 4:47 of Round 3.

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
João Pedro Saldanha def. Erick Visconde via Submission (Mounted Guillotine Choke) 3:08 of Round 1.

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
Richard Martins def. Augusto Matias via KO (Punches) at 4:11 of Round 2.


Preliminary Card (Available worldwide on LFA Fight Network at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT):

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
Mateus Soares def. Alexandre Junior via KO (Punches) 0:59 of Round 3.

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Luiz Felipe Herculano def. Werick Douglas via TKO (Punches) at 0:16 of Round 1.

Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)
Lucas Camacho def. Carlos Sena at 4:51 via TKO (Punches) of Round 2.

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
João Moraes def. Esteferson da Silva via KO (Punch to the Body) at 2:43 of Round 1.


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About ARENA 1:
Arena 1 is an indoor stadium in Barra da Tijuca in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue hosted basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics as well as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. As with a number of other venues in the Barra Olympic Park, Arena 1 was transformed after the games to become part of the Olympic Training Center.

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