An interim light heavyweight title was on the line in the main event of Friday’s LFA 159, going down live at the CIDE Casa Branca Sports Complex in Caraguatatuba, São Paulo, Brazil.
With LFA’s current light heavyweight champion, Bruno Lopes, set to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series shortly, Rodolfo Bellator and Acacio Dos Santos faced off for interim gold. It was an opportunity to either earn a shot at Lopes should he come up short on DWCS, or end up promoted to undisputed champ should the champ earn a UFC deal on the show.
Bellato had come up short in his own DWCS opportunity last year, as had Dos Santos. With both losing on the Contender Series, Friday represented a second chance to crack the big leagues, given the graduation rate for LFA champs moving on to the UFC, Bellator, and PFL.
Also on the card, heavyweight prospect Hugo Cunha looked to bounce back from the first loss of his career, under the ONE Championship banner, when he took on Fernando Batista.
LFA 159 goes down live on Friday, May 26, 2023, with the main card airing live on UFC Fight Pass. Full results from the event can be found below.
LFA 159: Bellato vs. Dos Santos Results
Rodolfo Bellato vs. Acácio Dos Santos — for the vacant LFA interim light heavyweight championship
Anderson Ferreira vs. Junior Luiz
Geraldo Neto vs. Argemiro Delmandes
Lucas Rocha vs. Matheus Da Silva
Vinicius Pires vs. Kauã Fernandes
Hugo Cunha vs. Fernando Batista
Marcos Degli vs. Hugo Paiva
Isaias Simões vs. João Paulo Santos
Manuel Robson Minoto vs. Juan Pablo Vieira
Levi Rodrigues vs. José Carlos Lima
Rafaela Silva vs. Aieza Bertolso