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Italo Gomes gets new opponent as LFA 132 features lightweight showdown in Brazil

Melquizael Costa replaces Rodrigo Lidio at May 13 event in Rio de Janeiro.

LAS VEGAS — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced an update today for the promotion's return to Brazil. 

LFA 132 on Friday, May 13 will be topped with a new lightweight showdown after the original headliner Rodrigo "The Dynamis" Lidio withdrew from the bout. This will be the fourth LFA event to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the promotion's international expansion took place last summer.

"LFA 132: Gomes vs. Costa" takes place at the Qualistage in Rio de Janeiro. The main event will feature a lightweight showdown between top prospects Italo Gomes and Melquizael "Melk" Costa. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET.

"We had a change at the top of LFA 132, but we are excited to bring another stacked event to Brazil in May," Soares stated. "Italo Gomes will now fight Melquizael Costa in a battle of two of Brazil's fastest rising lightweight prospects. This is the most high-profile lightweight match to come to Brazil this year and the winner will propel himself to the top of the division. Our first three events in Brazil have been amazing, and we look forward to continuing our growth there in the country at LFA 132."

Gomes (10-2) is an exciting 25-year-old prospect from the coastal Brazilian municipality of Macae. The city is generally considered to be the center of the offshore petroleum industry in Brazil and it is often referred to as "Cidade do Petroleo" ("City of Petroleum"). Similarly, Gomes has emerged as the latest top resource in his country's legendary MMA scene. 

Gomes is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and member of the Tata Fight Team in Rio de Janeiro, which is where he moved to train once turning pro shortly after his 20th birthday. Now the Tata Duarte protege will look to join his teammate and UFC star Andre "Sergipano" Muniz on the world stage with a marquee win in the main event of LFA 132.

Costa (17-4) is one of the more intriguing prospects to come out of Brazil in recent years and he was eager to step up into the main event slot of LFA 132, when Lidio withdrew. The man known as "Melk" hails from the municipality of Bauru, which is located in the midwestern region of the state of Sao Paulo. The 25-year-old began his career 8 years ago and has compiled 17 career wins, but it is his recent work that has seen the Paulista take his career to the next level. Costa has gone 5-0 over the past 3 years, which includes winning his international debut just five weeks ago in Mexico. That win earned the Brazilian a regional title and a spot in the main event of LFA 132.

The LFA 132 lineup includes:

  • Italo Gomes vs. Melquizael Costa
  • Marciley Alves vs. Luan Lacerda
  • Ronio Junior vs. Gabriel Silva
  • Leo Leite vs. Claiton Trassante
  • Bruna Brasil vs. Yasmin Castanho
  • Gabriella Hermogenes vs. Edna Oliveira
  • Jose Henrique vs. Pedro Oliveira