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)
  • World Masters Champion (2016 Master 1 weight + absolute)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2007, 2013 absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (2008, 2007)
  • European Champion (2007)
  • Professional Submission League X-Mission Champion (2006)

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

82 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

39 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
21
8
#86e620
RNC
18
7
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
5
#d1212a
Armbar
13
5
#fad11b
Brabo choke
5
2
#f58822
Ezekiel
3
1
#224aba
North South choke
3
1
#ff9124
Baseball choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#fad223
Cross choke
3
1
#03861f
Injury
3
1
#039a1f
Anaconda
3
1
#03b41f
Darce choke
3
1
#03c61f
Submission
3
1
#03d61f
Katagatame
3
1
#03f61f
Mounted triangle
3
1
39
(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
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
1338Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1355Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1595Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1663Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1735Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1754Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1773Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1792Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1801Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1921Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGF2008
1941Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
2068Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
2138Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2205Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2208David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD PLC2009
2296Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2315Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2372Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2583Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2640Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2756Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2882Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3031Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3147Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3155Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3367Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3378Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3502Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3655Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3932Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4096Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4260Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4415Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
4588Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4786Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
4999Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5129Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5546Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7463Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG1/4F2015
1353Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2006
1501Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1502Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1503Chris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1511Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1512Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1513Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1556Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1558Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1585UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1586Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1587UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1588Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1658Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1728Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1729Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1753Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1795Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1796Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1832Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1834Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1835Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1918Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1920Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1934Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1937Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2200Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2204Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
2294Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2370Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2489Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2490Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2491Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2543Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2634Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2638Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2838Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2865Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2877Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2974Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3012Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
3101Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3132Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
3221Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3236Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3247Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3279Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3375Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
3499Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3649Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3652Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3930Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3994Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4092Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4094Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4178Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4412Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4413R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4585Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4774Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4781Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4783Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4881Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4882Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5126Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
5543Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5653Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5654Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5655Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5656Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5657Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7100Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7101Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7103UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7107Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7456Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
8093Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8095Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8096Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8514Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016
9277Steve PattersonWArm in ezekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
9576Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016
9784Tanner RiceTanner RiceWCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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