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Rafael Lovato Jr
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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 (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

70 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    29 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

33 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
21
7
#86e620
Mata leao
18
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
15
5
#d1212a
Armbar
15
5
#fad11b
Brabo choke
6
2
#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
Injury
3
1
33
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1171Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1405Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1455Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1527Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1546Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1564Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSRD12007
1581Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1590Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1698Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100KGRD12008
1718Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1818Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
1884Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
1887David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD PLC2009
1976Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
1995Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2024Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2192Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2241Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2330Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2439Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2588Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
2703Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
2711Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
2879Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3003Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3114Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3387Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3518Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
3617Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
3755Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
3916Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4084Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
4261Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
4392Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
4763Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
6435Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG1/4F2015
1314Nolan DutcherWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1315Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1316Chris MoriartyWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1322Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1323Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWMata leaoBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1324Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1368Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1395UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGRD12007
1396Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1397UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1398Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1450Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGRD12007
1520Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1521Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1545Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1584Anthony RodeWMata leao10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1585Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1610Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1612Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1613Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1695Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1697Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1711Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12008
1714Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSRD22008
1879Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGRD12009
1883Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
1974Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2115Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2116Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsPan American94KGSF2010
2117Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2151Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2235Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRD12010
2239Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2422Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRD12011
2434Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2531Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
2569Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
2657Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCC88KGRD12011
2688Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
2777Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2792Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2803Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
2835Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
2876Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
3000Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGRD22012
3108Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGRD12012
3111Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3385Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3449Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
3516Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
3752Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
3753R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
3913Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4072Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGRD12013
4079Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4081Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4179Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4180Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
4389Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
4760Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
4851Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
4852Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
4853Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
4854Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
4855Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
6151Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
6152Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
6154UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
6157Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
6428Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGRD12015

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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