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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 Fight Stats

24
WINS
1 by sub
11 by Points (46%)
Pts
2 by Advantages (8%)
Adv
0 by Penalties (0%)
Pens
10 by Submission (42%)
Subs
1 by Decision (4%)
Dec
0 by Disqualified (0%)
DQ
10
SUBMISSION WINS
1 by Armbar (10%)
Armbar
1 by Darce choke (10%)
Darce choke
2 by Kimura (20%)
Kimura
2 by Mata leao (20%)
Mata leao
1 by Submission (10%)
Submission
3 by Triangle (30%)
Triangle
23
LOSSES
14 by Points (60.87%)
Pts
3 by Advantages (13%)
Adv
0 by Penalties (0%)
Pens
5 by Submission (21.74%)
Subs
1 by Decision (4.35%)
Dec
0 by Disqualified (0%)
DQ
5
SUBMISSION LOSSES
1 by Armbar (20%)
Armbar
1 by Choke from back (20%)
Choke from back
1 by Cross choke (20%)
Cross choke
1 by Footlock (20%)
Footlock
1 by Heel hook (20%)
Heel hook

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
814Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2006
889Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCCU88kg1/4 final2007
938Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
944Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2009
993Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLFootlockADCCU88kgSemi-f.2009
1080Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2009
1095Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2009
1150Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2010
1183Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2EuropeanU100kgFinal2011
1246Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2011
1396Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2011
1492Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCCU88Semi Finals2011
1500Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCCU883 & 4 Place2011
1606Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
1726Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2012
1797Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.U88kgSemi f.2012
2043Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2012
2176Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLRefree DecisionMetamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
2431Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.U100kgSemi Final2013
2459Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCCU88kgFinal2013
2509Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0EuropeanU100kgFinal2014
2641Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2014
2882Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2014
988Tom LawlorWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12009
992Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCCU88kg1/4 final2009
1078Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2009
1131Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU94kgFinal2010
1229Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1st2011
1241Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
1339Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.U94kg2nd2011
1377Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2011
1446Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCCU88kgRd 12011
1477Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCCU881/4 Finals2011
1559Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
1573Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
1584Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgFinal2011
1603Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenAbsolute1/4 final2012
1723Igor AraújoWPointsPan AmericanU94kgRd 22012
1791Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kgRd 12012
1794Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.U88kg1/4 final2012
2041Dimitrius SouzaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2012
2104Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2428Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2013
2456Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCCU88kgSemi final2013
2484Fabiano SchernerWAdvNo Gi WorldsO100kgFinal2013
2638Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2014
2879Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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