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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

57 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
19
5
#86e620
Triangle
19
5
#5AD3D1
Mata leao
15
4
#d1212a
Armbar
15
4
#fad11b
Brabo choke
7
2
#f58822
Anaconda
4
1
#224aba
Injury
4
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
4
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
4
1
#fad223
Mounted triangle
4
1
#03861f
Ezekiel
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    20 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
33
2
#86e620
Choke from back
17
1
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
17
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
17
1
#fad11b
Heel hook
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
963Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2006
1111Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1161Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCCU88kg1/4 final2007
1223Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12007
1242Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.U100kgSemi f.2007
1257Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeAbsoluteRd 12007
1274Mario SukataLRefree Decision10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1283Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1391Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100kgRd 12008
1411Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
1473Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2009
1531Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCCU88kgSemi f.2009
1621Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2009
1640Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2009
1669Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsNoGi WorldsU100kgFinal2009
1766Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2010
1815Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.2010
1885Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2EuropeanU100kgFinal2011
1960Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2011
2110Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2011
2218Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCCU88kgSemi f.2011
2226Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCCU88kg3rd Place2011
2372Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2494Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2012
2573Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.U88kgSemi f.2012
2840Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2012
2964Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLRefree DecisionNoGi WorldsU100kgFinal2012
3031Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLRefree DecisionMetamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
3318Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.U100kgSemi f.2013
3444Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCCU88kgFinal2013
3581Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0EuropeanU100kgFinal2014
3729Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2014
4048Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2014
1053Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.Absolute1/4 final2007
1054Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWMata leaoBudweiser Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2007
1055Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.AbsoluteFinal2007
1074Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0BrasileiroU100kgFinal2007
1101unknownWTrianglePan AmericanU100kgRd 12007
1102Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kg1/4 final2007
1103unknownWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kgSemi f.2007
1104Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU100kgFinal2007
1156Marko HelenWArmbarADCCU88kgRd 12007
1216Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2007
1217Luis TheodoroWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2007
1241Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.U100kg1/4 final2007
1277Anthony RodeWMata leao10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1278Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1303Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2008
1305Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2008
1306Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan AmericanU94kgFinal2008
1388Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2008
1390Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.U100kgSemi f.2008
1404Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12008
1407Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
1526Tom LawlorWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12009
1530Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCCU88kg1/4 final2009
1619Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2009
1728Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU94kgFinal2010
1740Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWRefree DecisionNo Gi WorldsU94kgFinal2010
1809Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.U94kgRd 12010
1813Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2010
1943Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1st2011
1955Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
2053Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.U94kgRounds2011
2091Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2011
2172Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCCU88kgRd 12011
2203Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCCU88kg1/4 Finals2011
2287Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
2301Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
2312Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgFinal2011
2369Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenAbsolute1/4 final2012
2491Igor AraújoWPointsPan AmericanU94kgRd 22012
2567Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kgRd 12012
2570Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.U88kg1/4 final2012
2838Dimitrius SouzaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2012
2902Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2962Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi WorldsU94kgFinal2012
3315Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2013
3432Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCCU88kgRd 12013
3439Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCCU88kg1/4 final2013
3441Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCCU88kgSemi f.2013
3518Ricardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100kgSemi f.2013
3519Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100kgFinal2013
3726Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2014
4045Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014
4125Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXAbsoluteSemi f.2014
4126Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXAbsoluteFinal2014
4127Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiAbsoluteSemi f.2014
4128Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiAbsoluteFinal2014
4129Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGiU94kgFinal2014

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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