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The year of 2019 is busy in the biggest stand up fighting event in Latin America. On the eve of the 54th edition in Chile, WGP Kickboxing announced the return to Brasilia with renowned fighters. On June 15th, the country’s capital city will host the event for the second time. Guto Innocente, WGP’s super-heavyweight champion (+ 94.1kg), Glory star and local idol will head the card and defend his title against Albanian Francesco Xhaja. Another confirmed fighter is Emerson Falcao, former super lightweight champion (up to 64.5kg), who returns after two serious injuries to face Ethiopian fighter Neguse Kebrome. The event takes place at the headquarters of AABB Brasilia and is broadcast live on Canal Combate, Fox Sports and Bandsports. Soon the organization will release the full card.

“Coming back to Brasilia represents a lot. The first time we were here we put up a great show and got off on the right foot. Now having Guto on the event, for everything he represents for the martial arts community in the city, is symbolic. Not to mention Falcão who will certainly brighten the night even more and truly put this edition in our history with two spectacular international fights. I’m sure it will be crazy and all hell will break loose on July 15th, “says Paulinho Zorello, WGP’s executive director.

One of the most important names in Brazilian kickboxing, Guto Inocente returns to WGP. The Brazilian, who fights on Glory as one of the top athletes in his class, is the WGP super heavyweight champion and finally returns, right to his hometown. Born and raised in Brasilia, he will have the opportunity to perform for the first time in his city. Holder of titles such as the Pan-American Games and the Brazilian national title. He’s also been the runner up of the amateur world championship. Guto is one of the references in the sport and one of the best pound-for-pound kickboxers on the continent. The Brazilian’s opponent in the WGP 55 main fight is Alabanian-born settled in Italy, Francesco Xhaja, who won 11 times in 15 fights and will make his WGP debut.

In addition to Guto the card counts on another long awaited return. Former super lightweight champion Emerson Falcao returns after serious leg injury. His last appearance on WGP was in edition 40 when he was defeated by Ernesto de La Colina, precisely because of the leg injury. Before that, Hawk had never felt the taste of defeat at WGP. In total there were seven wins and only that one loss. Now Jose Aldo’s kickboxing coach returns from injury to face Ethiopian fighter Neguse Kebrome, who has 32 wins in 36 fights and also makes his debut at the event. The full WGP 55 card will be announced shortly.

WGP 55: Inocente vs Xhaja
Date: June 15th
Venue: Ginásio da AABB Brasília (Asa Sul Trecho 2 Conjunto 17 20, St. de Clubes Esportivos Sul, Brasília – DF, 70200-020)

Main event: WGP Title Bout
Super Heavyweight (+94.1kg)
Guto Inocente (RKT – BRA) vs Francesco Xhaja (Switch Boxing Club – ALB)

Co-Main Event: Challenger GP: Final
Super Lightweight (64.5kg)
Winner Semi Final 1 vs Winner Semi Final 2

Featured Fight
Super Lightweight (64.5kg)
Emerson Falcão (Nova União/Chok Dee – BRA) vs Neguse Kebrome (ASD Team Marceddu – ETH)

Featured Fight
Light Middleweight (71.8kg)
Eliezer Silva (HULLKS) vs Júnior Luiz (Rizzo RVT/LB AUFAM)

Challenger GP: Semi Final 2
Super Lightweight (64.5kg)
Jose ‘Tuzo’ Cruz (Mahmoudi Gym Mexico – MEX) vs Renzo Martinez (Team Marcelo Salas – BOL)

Challenger GP: Semi Final 1
Super Lightweight (64.5kg)
Tomas ‘Chacal’ Aguirre (Dojo Serpiente – ARG) vs Eduardo Borba (Borba Top Team – BRA)

WGP Super Fights

Super Fight
Lightweight (60kg)
Leo ‘Bahia’ Pereira (União ABC/Team Nogueira Santo André) vs Guilherme Monteiro (CF House/Strike)

Super Fight
Lightweight (60kg)
Rafael Andrade (Casa da Luta) vs Mateus Nascimento (CF House/Strike)

Super Fight
Heavyweight (94,1kg)
Guilherme Soares (RKT) vs Alessandro Avatar (R8)

Super Fight
Super Lightweight (64,5kg)
Miro Brusnello (Casa da Luta) vs Hugo Nascimento (Chacal Fight)

WGP 55 Undercard

WGP Selective: Sem Final 2
Light Middleweight (71,8kg)
Geovar Sabino (Casa da Luta) vs Jeremias Henrique (RKT)

WGP Selective: Semi Final 1
Light Middleweight (71,8kg)
Marcilio Sagatvs Celito Nascimento (Cerrado)

Seletiva WGP: Semi Final 2
Lightweight (60kg)
Lucas Silva (Comunidade de Luta) vs Adão Celio dos Santos (Fight House)

Seletiva WGP: Semi Final 1
Lightweight (60kg)
Rômulo Araujo (Cerrado) vs Bruno dos Santos Pereira (FFT)

Fight
Super Lightweight (64,5kg)
Flavio de Souza (XMT) vs Celso Clayton Jr. (CF House)

Fight
Light Middleweight (78,1kg)
Evandro Rocha (Equipe GT) vs Ernane Peixoto (Team Montenegro)

Fight
Women’s Lightweight (60kg)
Giselly Cristina (Team Montenegro) vs Rute Bento (CF House)