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Rafael Lovato Jr

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 (also known as the “Brasileiro”) in BJJ’s black belt division, he would later rewrite is name in the tournament’s history by winning the open weight division for the first time also (2013). Rafael Lovato Jr. was also the 2nd 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);
  • Brazilian National Champion (2007, 2013 absolute);
  • Pan American Champion (2008, 2007);
  • European Champion (2007);
  • Professional Submission League X-Mission Champion (2006);
  • Grappler’s Quest West Advanced No-Gi Champion (2005);
  • ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships Quarterfinalist (2007)

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

49 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    22 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
25
5
#86e620
Triangle
20
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
20
4
#d1212a
Brabo choke
10
2
#fad11b
Mata leao
10
2
#f58822
Darce choke
5
1
#224aba
Submission
5
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (66%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
1
#86e620
Choke from back
20
1
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
20
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
20
1
#fad11b
Heel hook
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
901Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2006
1046Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1096Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCCU88kg1/4 final2007
1158Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12007
1177Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.U100kgSemi f.2007
1192Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeAbsoluteRd 12007
1299Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100kgRd 12008
1319Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
1380Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2009
1438Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCCU88kgSemi f.2009
1528Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2009
1543Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2009
1635Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2010
1684Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.2010
1749Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2EuropeanU100kgFinal2011
1824Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2011
1974Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2011
2082Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCCU88kgSemi f.2011
2090Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCCU88kg3rd Place2011
2231Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2353Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2012
2432Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.U88kgSemi f.2012
2699Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2012
2860Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLRefree DecisionMetamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
3146Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.U100kgSemi f.2013
3247Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCCU88kgFinal2013
3349Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0EuropeanU100kgFinal2014
3493Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2014
3808Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2014
1009Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0BrasileiroU100kgFinal2007
1036unknownWTrianglePan AmericanU100kgRd 12007
1037Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kg1/4 final2007
1038unknownWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kgSemi f.2007
1039Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU100kgFinal2007
1091Marko HelenWArmbarADCCU88kgRd 12007
1151Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2007
1152Luis TheodoroWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2007
1176Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.U100kg1/4 final2007
1222Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2008
1224Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2008
1225Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan AmericanU94kgFinal2008
1296Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2008
1298Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2008
1312Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12008
1315Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
1433Tom LawlorWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12009
1437Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCCU88kg1/4 final2009
1526Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2009
1597Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU94kgFinal2010
1609Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWRefree DecisionNo Gi WorldsU94kgFinal2010
1678Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.U94kgRd 12010
1682Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2010
1807Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1st2011
1819Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
1917Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.U94kgRounds2011
1955Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2011
2036Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCCU88kgRd 12011
2067Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCCU88kg1/4 Finals2011
2151Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
2165Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
2176Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgFinal2011
2228Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenAbsolute1/4 final2012
2350Igor AraújoWPointsPan AmericanU94kgRd 22012
2426Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kgRd 12012
2429Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.U88kg1/4 final2012
2697Dimitrius SouzaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2012
2761Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
3143Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2013
3244Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCCU88kgSemi f.2013
3299Ricardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100kgSemi f.2013
3300Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100kgFinal2013
3490Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2014
3805Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014
3876Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXAbsoluteSemi f.2014
3877Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXAbsoluteFinal2014
3878Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiAbsoluteSemi f.2014
3879Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiAbsoluteFinal2014
3880Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGiU94kgFinal2014

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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