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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

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (48%)
  • 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
Injury
3
1
#224aba
Anaconda
3
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
3
1
#fad223
Mounted triangle
3
1
#03861f
Ezekiel
3
1
#039a1f
North South choke
3
1
33
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
35 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1170Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1399Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1449Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1521Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1540Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1558Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSRD12007
1575Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1584Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1692Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100KGRD12008
1712Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1812Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
1878Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
1881David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD PLC2009
1970Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
1989Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2018Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2185Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2234Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2323Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2432Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2581Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
2694Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
2702Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
2865Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
2989Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3100Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3372Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3503Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
3602Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSUPERF2013
3740Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
3910Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4078Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
4255Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
4386Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
4757Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
1313Nolan DutcherWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1314Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1315Chris MoriartyWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1316Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1317Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWMata leaoBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1318Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1362Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1389UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGRD12007
1390Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1391UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1392Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1444Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGRD12007
1514Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1515Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1539Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1578Anthony RodeWMata leao10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1579Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1604Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1606Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1607Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1689Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1691Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1705Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12008
1708Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSRD22008
1873Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGRD12009
1877Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
1968Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2109Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2110Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsPan American94KGSF2010
2111Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2145Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2228Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRD12010
2232Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2415Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRD12011
2427Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2524Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
2562Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
2648Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCC88KGRD12011
2679Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
2764Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2778Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2789Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
2821Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSUPERF2011
2862Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
2986Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGRD22012
3094Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGRD12012
3097Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3370Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3434Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3501Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
3737Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
3738R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
3907Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4066Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGRD12013
4073Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4075Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4173Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4174Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
4383Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
4754Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
4845Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
4846Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
4847Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
4848Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
4849Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
6143Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
6144Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
6146UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
6149Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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