LFA has announced title fights that are expected to take place during their March schedule of events. Here’s a quick rundown of everything they unveiled recently.
Two Title Fights Set For Return To Brazil
LFA is planning on holding two title fights when they present a card from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 11th.
The promotion will crown a new featherweight champion in the main event, as Jonas Bilharinho and Rafael Barbosa will face off. LFA’s previous 145-pound champ, Bruno Souza, vacated the belt last year to sign with the UFC.
Bilharinho will be making his LFA debut in the appearance. He is coming off a wheel kick knockout win that he secured over Canaan Kawaihae on the most recent season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.” In a decision that surprised some, Bilharinho was not given a UFC contract on the show for his performance.
Barbosa is in a title fight position after a strong 2021. The 24-year-old turned things around for himself last year, securing two wins on the regional scene in Brazil. This came after struggling in previous years, falling into a three-fight losing streak.
The other title fight on the card will see Quemuel Ottoni and Gabriel Bonfim fight for the promotion’s vacant welterweight title. This comes after PFL recently signed the former LFA 170-pound champ Carlos Leal.
Ottoni is currently on a strong four-fight winning streak. He won his LFA debut in July last year, defeating Junior Marques via unanimous decision.
Bonfim is entering the title fight with a flawless record of 10 wins. His last appearance was part of LFA’s four-man one-night tournament last year at welterweight. While Bonfim stopped Brenner Alberth in the semi-finals, he was pulled from the final later that night due to injury.
Diaz vs. Assis To Headline Los Angeles Card
A middleweight title fight is currently expected to be in the main event of the promotion’s March 25th event in Los Angeles, California, USA. In that fight, Bruno Assis and Ozzy Diaz will compete in a five-round bout.
Like the two title fights scheduled for Brazil, the championship bout later in the month is for a vacant title. LFA’s middleweight title, along with their light heavyweight title, was relinquished earlier this year by Josh Silveira after he signed a PFL contract.
Diaz is getting the title fight after an explosive run in recent years. He has picked up four finish wins since 2019, with all of them coming within two rounds or less.
The recent streak from Diaz includes two Bellator appearances and a 2020 fight in LFA.
Assis, a former Titan FC Middleweight Champion, is on a three-fight winning streak. He won his LFA debut late last year, handing Jalin Fuller his first pro loss via unanimous decision.