For the first time in more than a full calendar year, a United States-based MMA promotion heads to Brazil in the form of LFA 111. The event goes down this Friday night from Rio de Janeiro’s Upper Arena.
Friday night’s card (9 pm ET on UFC Fight Pass) will mark the first MMA show from an American-based promotion to be held in Brazil since March 14, 2020, when UFC on ESPN+ 28 took place in front of an empty audience inside Gimnasio Nilson Nelson due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the widespread cancellation and postponement of sporting events inside the U.S. that would have otherwise been scheduled to have taken place that weekend, UFC on ESPN+ 28 wound up being simulcast on the main ESPN network that afternoon and evening.
LFA 111 will be a full 12-fight card (barring any late postponements) and will feature a bantamweight showcase bout as its co-headliner of the evening on July 16.
LFA 111 Co-Main Event Fighter Comparison
Entering Friday’s LFA 111 co-main event, Farias, “The Astroboy”, is the taller man, standing 5-foot-6, with his opponent Breno standing at 5-foot-5.
In addition, Farias holds a four-inch reach advantage (69 inches to 65 inches) over Breno heading into the co-main event of LFA 111 this Friday night on UFC Fight Pass.
Harsh TKO Leads To Championship For Ary Farias Ahead of LFA 111 Co-Main Event
Farias will be making his return inside the LFA cage this Friday night, having gone 5-0 in his last five MMA appearances. This included a vicious, grotesque technical knockout in his most recent fight last October.
During the co-headlining bout of Taura MMA 10, the fight did not even last the opening 30 seconds, as Farias scored a takedown against Johnny Campbell and proceeded to land a nasty elbow shot, causing his ear to break open and the referee to wave off the fight.
For the sake of anyone who happens to be currently eating as they are reading this article, we will not be linking the footage of that fight with this article. It is simply too grotesque to even watch, let alone look at the still photos from that bout.
In so doing, Farias scored the Taura MMA Interim Bantamweight Championship the weekend before Halloween in the Selfsame Upper Arena in Rio where LFA 111 will be held this coming weekend.
Marcos Breno Looking To Impress At LFA 111
In the other corner, Breno enters LFA 111 having gone 4-1 in his last five MMA bouts, this on the strength of a first-round knockout due to a punch in the Feb. 28 headlining bout of CDL Fight 1 in Sao Paulo versus Leandro da Silva, a nontitle fight at bantamweight.
Initially, Breno was linked to another fight on Aug. 5 during the MMA portion of Standout Fighting Tournament’s SFT 28 after the LFA 111 co-main event this Friday.
That August night, Breno was slated to have faced off against Joao Souza, but no reference to a Breno vs. Souza fight was found on the event’s official webpage as of this writing.
Unlike previous MMA fight previews and breakdowns, there were no interviews conducted ahead of this fight.
Film Study, Analysis, and Prediction
Stylistically, the LFA 111 co-main event this Friday night seems to favor Ary Farias, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Looking back at the videotape of Farias’ LFA promotional debut during LFA 71 against Devante Sewell, he was able to effectively mix up his striking prowess on the feet while withstanding some shots from Sewell during the fight’s opening round.
Although both men traded shots and spent some time in the clinch, Farias was able to seize control thanks to a double-leg takedown, taking top position from there, giving him the opening he needed to eventually take back mount on Sewell — causing his arms to go limp on him with only two seconds remaining on the first-round clock.
Farias doesn’t even have to go to grappling to try and get a win here at LFA 111, as he showed in Taura MMA 10 right before Halloween last year. He has powerful punches, and if a submission hold doesn’t work for him, he can unload with elbow shots to Breno and get the TKO stoppage.
Don’t Underestimate Breno’s Submission Power
In the grand scheme, the LFA 111 co-main event could be an evenly-matched affair as Breno has submission power of his own, as indicated on video from earlier in his MMA career.
During an Elite Fight Night event in his native Brazil at the dawn of his MMA life, he was able to quickly dump his opponent, getting him to submit inside the first minute.
Much like Farias, the key for Breno is simple: Get your adversary to the ground as quickly as possible as a means of establishing control in the match.
This match on Friday night is going to be predicated, if not decided exclusively on, which of the two fighters gets his opponent to the mat first.
Whichever man, either Ary Farias or Marcos Breno, dumps his opponent on the mat first is the man who has a good shot at winning the LFA 111 co-main event.
Prediction: Ary Farias by First-Round Submission.
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