Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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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 (2007) as a black belt, he would later rewrite is name in the tournament’s history books by winning the open weight division for the first time also (2013). Rafael Lovato Jr. was also the 3rd 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

81 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    38 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

38 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
21
8
#86e620
RNC
18
7
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
5
#d1212a
Armbar
13
5
#fad11b
Brabo choke
5
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
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#03c61f
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#03d61f
Injury
3
1
38
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
39 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1334Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1351Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1591Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1659Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1731Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1750Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1769Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1788Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1797Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1917Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGF2008
1937Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
2064Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
2134Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2201Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2204David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD PLC2009
2292Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2311Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2368Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2579Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2636Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2752Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2878Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3027Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3143Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3151Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3356Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3367Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3491Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3644Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3921Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4085Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4247Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4399Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
4572Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4768Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
4971Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5097Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5505Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7374Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG1/4F2015
1349Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2006
1497Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1498Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1499Chris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1507Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1508Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1509Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1552Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1554Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1581UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1582Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1583UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1584Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1654Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1724Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1725Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1749Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1791Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1792Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1828Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1830Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1831Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1914Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1916Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1930Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1933Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2196Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2200Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
2290Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2366Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2485Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2486Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2487Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2539Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2630Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2634Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2834Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2861Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2873Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2970Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3008Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
3097Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3128Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
3217Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3232Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3243Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3275Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3364Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
3488Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3638Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3641Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3919Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3983Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4081Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4083Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4165Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4396Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4397R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4569Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4756Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4763Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4765Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4863Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4864Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5094Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
5502Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5605Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5606Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5607Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5608Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5609Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7016Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7017Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7019UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7023Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7367Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
7995Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
7997Carlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
7998Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8387Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016
9129Steve PattersonWArm in ezekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
9418Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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