LFA 159 event was live on May 27, 2023, from CIDE Casa Branca Sports Complex in Caraguatatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, with an interim light heavyweight title fight in the headliner.
LFA Light Heavyweight Champion Bruno Lopes was set to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series later this year, and hence LFA introduced an interim champion. Rodolfo Bellato and Acacio Dos Santos battled for the interim title for a future title shot against Lopes if he returned to LFA later.
Bellato was unbeaten in LFA in 3 bouts. He appeared in DWCS last season but lost to Vitor Petrino and failed to get UFC contract. DWCS part was also true for Dos Santos who lost to Anton Turkalj in 2022 season. He made his LFA debut with this bout. A championship win would definitely get a look from UFC once again.
Check below for results from LFA 159: Bellato vs Dos Santos event with complete fight card and other details. The main card started from 9 PM ET on UFC Fight Pass.
- Levi Rodrigues def. José Carlos Lima via TKO at 1:28 of round 2 – Light-Heavyweight Bout
- Aieza Bertolso def. Rafaela Silva via submission at 4:02 of round 1- Women’s Strawweight Bout
- Juan Pablo Vieira def. Manuel Robson Minoto via submission (rear-naked choke) 4:55 round 1 – Lightweight Bout
- Isaias Simões def. João Paulo Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)- Bantamweight Bout
- Marcos Degli def. Hugo Paiva via submission (rear-naked choke) 4:16 round 1- Flyweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Hugo Cunha def. Fernando Batista via TKO at 2:52 of round 2- Heavyweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Vinicius Pires def. Kauã Fernandes via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:46 of Round 1 – Bantamweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Lucas Rocha def. Matheus Da Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)- Flyweight Bout
- Geraldo Neto def. Argemiro Delmandes via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:18 of Round 1 – Welterweight Bout
- Co-Main Event: Anderson Ferreira def. Junior Luiz via KO (Uppercut & Ground Strikes,) at 3:31 of round 1- Lightweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Main Event: Rodolfo Bellato def. Acácio Dos Santos via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – Interim Light-Heavyweight Championship Bout
LFA brings the Interim #LightHeavyweight Championship to @Caragua_Oficial, #SãoPaulo, #Brazil at #LFA159! 🏆— LFA (@LFAfighting) May 26, 2023
Rodolfo "Trator" Bellato
Acácio "Pequeno" Dos Santos
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