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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

77 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    36 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

36 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
22
8
#86e620
Mata leao
19
7
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
5
#d1212a
Triangle
14
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
Baseball choke
3
1
#03b41f
Injury
3
1
36
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1236Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1253Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1488Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1540Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1612Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1631Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1649Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1666Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1675Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1783Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100KGR12008
1803Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1922Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
1992Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2044Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2047David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD PLC2009
2135Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2154Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2205Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2386Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2435Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2536Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2662Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2811Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
2927Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
2935Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3144Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3268Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3417Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3690Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3854Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
3996Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4148Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
4321Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4491Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
4690Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
4815Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5216Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7009Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG1/4F2015
1251Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2006
1397Nolan DutcherWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1398Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1399Chris MoriartyWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1405Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1406Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWMata leaoBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1407Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1451Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1478UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1479Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1480UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1481Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1535Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1605Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1606Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1630Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1669Anthony RodeWMata leao10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1670Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1695Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1697Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1698Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1780Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1782Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1796Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1799Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2039Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2043Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
2133Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2203Marcel FortunaWMata leaoNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2310Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2311Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsPan American94KGSF2010
2312Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2346Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2429Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2433Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2618Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2645Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2657Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2754Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
2792Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
2881Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCC88KGR12011
2912Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
3001Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3016Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3027Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3059Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3141Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
3265Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3411Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3414Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3688Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3752Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
3850Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
3852Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
3922Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4145Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4146R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4318Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4479Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4486Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4488Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4587Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4588Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
4812Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
5213Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5312Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5313Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5314Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5315Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5316Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
6676Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
6677Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
6679UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
6683Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7002Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
7599Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
7601Carlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
7602Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

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