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LFA brings Rio de Janeiro vs. Sao Paulo team challenge to Brazil at LFA 136

Team Rio's Italo Gomes vs. Team Sao Paulo Wellington Prado in a featherweight showdown.
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LAS VEGAS – LFA CEO Ed Soares announced that the promotion will return to Brazil in July with a Rio de Janeiro vs. Sao Paulo team challenge. 

LFA 136 will feature a fight card filled with top prospects from the neighboring Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. They will face off in various weight classes with bragging rights and international recognition on the line. This will be the fifth LFA event to take place in Brazil after the promotion's international expansion began last summer.

"LFA 136: Rio de Janeiro vs. Sao Paulo" takes place Friday, July 15 at the CIDE Casa Branca in Caraguatatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main event will feature a featherweight showdown between top prospects Italo Gomes and Wellington "Predador" Prado. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET.

"We are excited to continue the LFA's international expansion in Brazil at LFA 136," Soares said. "After hosting four successful events in the state of Rio de Janeiro, we will now travel southwest across the border into the state of Sao Paulo. The fight card will be filled with matches featuring top fighters from the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. This includes Brazil's top featherweight prospects Italo Gomes (RJ) and Wellington Prado (SP) who will meet in the main event."

Gomes (11-2) is an exciting 26-year-old prospect from the coastal Brazilian municipality of Macae, which is located in the state of Rio de Janeiro. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and member of the Tata Fight Team in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which is where he moved to train once turning pro shortly after his 20th birthday. 

The Tatá Duarte protege joined his teammate and UFC star Andre "Sergipano" Muniz on the world stage last month with a marquee win in the main event of LFA 132. Gomes used his grappling prowess to secure a unanimous decision win against fellow Brazilian prospect Melquizael Costa. Now the Fluminense will look to earn back-to-back headlining wins for the promotion as heads to the state of Sao Paulo to face their top prospect at LFA 136.

Prado (12-2) is a 22-year-old blue chip prospect from the municipality of Itapevi, which is located in the state of Sao Paulo. It sits in the western part of the Greater Sao Paulo metropolitan area just 22 miles to the west of the city of Sao Paulo. The proud Paulista is a member of the China Team in the city of Sao Paulo, which is led by Brazilian MMA veteran Gilmar "China" Sales

Prado and his twin brother Willian are both known as "Predador" due to their aggressive fighting style, which they learned from their father. All three men are Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts with the twin brothers both earning their black belts from their dad. Prado will now look to earn the biggest win of his career against Gomes, when the LFA makes its debut in his home state of Sao Paulo at LFA 136.

The LFA 136 lineup currently includes:

  • Italo Gomes vs. Wellington Prado
  • Davi Costa vs. Eduardo Henrique da Silva
  • Alexia Thainara vs. Janaina Silva
  • Jonas Bilharinho vs. Pedro Lopes
  • Wallace Lopes vs. Rafael Costa
  • Junior Assis vs. Hermison Oliveira
  • Jairo Pacheco vs. Lucas Barros
  • Gabriel Souza vs. Patrick Bittencourt
  • Dayane Cristine vs. Maria Eduarda Santana