New opponent announced for Bonfim at LFA 126 Brazil
“We are thrilled to feature two LFA title fights when we return to Brazil at LFA 126,” Soares said. “Jonas Bilharinho and Rafael Barbosa are two of the best prospects in the world. Bilharinho is coming off a knockout victory in Dana White’s Contender Series, while Barbosa has two wins in the LFA Octagon, including one over Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight. They’ll fight for the vacant featherweight title. Then, in the co-main event, Gabriel Bonfim and Eduardo Garvon will fight for the vacant welterweight title. Garvon replaces Quemuel Ottoni, who stood up. pulled out of the fight through injury.
Bilharinho (9-1-1) is one of the most exciting prospects in the sport. The highly touted Brazilian is coming off an electrifying Wheel Kick knockout last November over Dana White’s Contender Series. The victory came against Canaan Kawaihae, who had accepted the fight with Bilharinho, shortly after it was announced that he would fight for the LFA featherweight title in August. Now Bilharinho will get the next shot at LFA gold, which is a position he’s been in before. The man often referred to as the ‘Brazilian Conor McGregor’ was due to fight for the title in the main event of LFA 85 in April 2020 before the COVID-19 lockdown postponed the event. Now he will look to finally win the title in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro at LFA 126.
Barbosa (14-4) returns to the LFA Octagon after rocking the division in 2019. The man known as ‘Coxinha’ used his world-class karate skills to do so. Barbosa started by winning his LFA debut with UFC President Dana White sitting at the edge of the cage. His win over Cameron Graves at LFA 63 was featured on the Season 4 premiere of Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight. In fact, White praised Barbosa during the build-up to the fight, “Barbosa is 10-1…he’s 21 though. This child has so much more time to learn and grow. That growth continued in the main event of LFA 68, where he picked up a great standing elbow knockout victory over former LFA title challenger Nate Jennerman. Now 24, Barbosa is looking to win LFA gold in his home country.
The LFA 126 co-main event will now feature two of Brazil’s top 170-pound prospects as they compete to become the seventh LFA welterweight champion and third straight Brazilian to win the title. Bonfim defeated Brenner Alberth via TKO at LFA 112 in the third round of their semifinal bout in a fight that won LFA Fight of the Year. However, the punishment meted out between the two undefeated hopefuls prevented Bonfim from continuing in the tournament. He will now have his chance to win LFA Gold in the Comian LFA 126 event.
Garvon will replace Ottoni, who had to pull out of the title fight due to injury. The talented Muay Thai-based fighter known as “The Matrix” earned his title shot based on a body of work that now ranks him among the top welterweights in South America. This includes a recent regional title win over Ueliton Lopes in his home state of Paraná in southern Brazil. He claimed victory with a vicious headbutt which he followed up with an onslaught of ground punches that ended the fight via TKO in the second round.
Currently announced fight card (main card available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS®):
Main Event | Featherweight title fight (145 lbs)
- Jonas Bilharinho (9-1-1) against Rafael Barbosa (14-4)
Co-main event | Welterweight (170 lb) title fight
- Gabriel Bonfim (11-0) against Eduardo Garvon (13-3-1)
Light Combat (155 lbs)
- Ismael Bonfim (16-3) against Andrey Augusto (12-2)
Heavyweight fight (265 lbs)
- Andre Vieira (5-0) against Eduardo Neves (4-0)
Women’s bantamweight bout (135 lbs)
- Tamires Vidal (5-1) against Queila Braga (5-1)
Light-heavy combat (205 lbs)
- Rodolfo Bellato (7-1) against Thiago Vieira (11-4)
Featherweight fight (145 lbs)
- Gabriel Braga (6-0) against Jose Delano (9-2)
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