Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Rafael Lovato Junior is a grappler who made history twice in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, first after by being the first non Brazilian to win the Brazilian National Championship (2007) as a black belt, he would later rewrite is name in the tournament’s history books by winning the open weight division for the first time also (2013). Rafael Lovato Jr. was also the 3rd American to win the World Championship in the black belt division.

Rafael Lovato Jr Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rafael Lovato Junior

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Jr

Main Titles:

  • World Champion (2007)
  • World NoGi Champion (2010)
  • World Masters Champion (2016 Master 1 weight + absolute)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2007, 2013 absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (2008, 2007)
  • European Champion (2007)
  • Professional Submission League X-Mission Champion (2006)

Weight Division: Pesado (Heavyweight) 94kg-207lbs

Favourite Position/Technique: Both Guard & Passing.

Team/Association: Gracie Humaitá/University of Jiu Jitsu

Rafael Lovato Jr Biography

Rafael Lovato was born on the 25th of June of 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America, though he moved to Oklahoma City when he was 8 years of age. Rafael’s father was an incredible Martial Artist which made young Rafael’s contact with combat sports inevitable. Still has a child Lovato Junior got involved with boxing (his first true love by his own admission) and later with Jeet Kwon Do. When Rafael was 13 he started his tuition in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through his father who was taking classes in Dallas from Carlos Machado. Lovato senior would travel to the Texan city once a week to have private classes with Machado and then practice what he learned with his son, as he grew, Rafael Junior started joining his father on the trips to Dallas.

When Rafael got to brown belt, he was already considered one of the toughest American competitors in the BJJ scene, and a hot prospect for the future. Lovato’s relationship with Saulo Ribeiro started around that time, when Rafael was 19 years of age. It was 2003 and Rafael had reached the final of the Arnold Invitational against Saulo Ribeiro, the two fought and in the end of the fight Saulo invited Rafael to come and train with him in Brazil. Rafael accepted the invitation and later that year he visited Ribeiro. There the relationship between the two turned into a friendship and Lovato saw the potential of having a coach like Saulo beside him.

In the beginning of 2004 Rafael Lovato was invited to help Marc Laimon prepare for his fight with Ryron Gracie. The two spent 3 months as roomates in that training camp, creating a strong friendship that still stands today. After that camp Rafael received his black belt in Jiu Jitsu on August 2004, just after his 21st birthday. In 2005 Rafael moved for good to the Ribeiro brothers academy (Saulo and Alexandre) and made the most out of the new coaching, reaching the podium of most major tournaments he set foot on. In 2007 he achieved the greatest glory of them all, winning the World Championship.

In 2013 Rafael Lovato Junior won the Brazilian National Championship in the open weight division, being the first non Brazilian man to win the coveted trophy.

Rafael Lovato Grappling Record

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
20
8
#86e620
RNC
18
7
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
5
#d1212a
Armbar
13
5
#fad11b
Brabo choke
8
3
#f58822
Anaconda
3
1
#224aba
Darce choke
3
1
#ff9124
Submission
3
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
3
1
#22c9a5
Mounted triangle
3
1
#fad223
Ezekiel
3
1
#03861f
North South choke
3
1
#039a1f
Baseball choke
3
1
#03b41f
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#03c61f
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#03d61f
Cross choke
3
1
#03f61f
Injury
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
39 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
29
2
#86e620
Footlock
14
1
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
14
1
#d1212a
Heel hook
14
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
14
1
#f58822
Estima lock
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1355Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1372Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1612Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1680Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1752Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1771Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1790Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1809Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1818Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1938Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGF2008
1958Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
2088Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
2158Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2229Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2232David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD2009
2320Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2339Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2396Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2618Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2675Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2788Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2914Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3063Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3183Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3191Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3406Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3417Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3541Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3694Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3971Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4135Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4306Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4461Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
4634Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4834Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
5047Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5177Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5598Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7554Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG1/4F2015
1132Rolles GracieRolles GracieWBrabo chokeBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1133Takeshi KosaiWDQBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1370Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2006
1518Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1519Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1520Chris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1528Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1529Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1530Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1573Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1575Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1602UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1603Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1604UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1605Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1675Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1745Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1746Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1770Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1812Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1813Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1849Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1851Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1852Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1935Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1937Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1951Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1954Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2224Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2228Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
2318Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2394Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2524Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2525Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2526Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2578Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2669Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2673Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2870Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2897Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2909Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3006Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3044Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
3137Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3168Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
3257Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3272Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3283Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3315Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3414Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
3538Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3688Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3691Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3969Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
4033Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4131Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4133Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4219Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4458Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4459R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4631Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4822Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4829Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4831Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4929Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4930Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5174Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
5595Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5705Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5706Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5707Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5708Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5709Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7182Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7183Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7185UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7189Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7547Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
8184Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8186Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8187Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8621Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016
9387Steve PattersonWArm in ezekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
9689Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016
9911Tanner RiceTanner RiceWCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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