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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
1020Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1210Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1260Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1322Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1341Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1356Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSRD12007
1373Mario SukataLRefree Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1382Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1490Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100KGRD12008
1510Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1573Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
1631Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
1721Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
1740Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
1769Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
1870Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
1919Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
1995Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2074Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2224Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
2333Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
2341Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
2491Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
2613Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
2692Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
2959Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3085Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLRefree DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
3158Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLRefree DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSUPERF2013
3446Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
3581Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
3740Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
3871Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
4190Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
1152Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1153Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWMata leaoBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1154Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1173Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1200unknownWTrianglePan American100KGRD12007
1201Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1202unknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1203Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1255Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGRD12007
1315Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1316Luis TheodoroWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1340Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1376Anthony RodeWMata leao10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1377Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1402Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1404Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1405Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1487Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1489Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1503Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12008
1506Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSRD22008
1626Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGRD12009
1630Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
1719Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
1832Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
1844Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWRefree DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
1913Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRD12010
1917Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2057Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRD12011
2069Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2167Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
2205Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
2287Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCC88KGRD12011
2318Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
2402Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2416Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2427Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
2488Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
2610Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGRD22012
2686Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGRD12012
2689Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
2957Dimitrius SouzaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3021Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3083Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
3443Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
3569Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGRD12013
3576Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
3578Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
3672Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
3673Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
3868Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
4187Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
4267Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
4268Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
4269Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
4270Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
4271Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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