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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

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
20
5
#86e620
Mata leao
16
4
#5AD3D1
Triangle
16
4
#d1212a
Armbar
16
4
#fad11b
Brabo choke
8
2
#f58822
Katagatame
4
1
#224aba
Submission
4
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Anaconda
4
1
#22c9a5
Injury
4
1
#fad223
Ezekiel
4
1
25
(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
926Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2006
1074Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1124Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCCU88kg1/4 final2007
1186Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12007
1205Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.U100kgSemi f.2007
1220Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeAbsoluteRd 12007
1237Mario SukataLRefree Decision10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1246Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1354Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100kgRd 12008
1374Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
1436Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2009
1494Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCCU88kgSemi f.2009
1584Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2009
1603Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2009
1632Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsNoGi WorldsU100kgFinal2009
1729Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2010
1778Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.2010
1847Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2EuropeanU100kgFinal2011
1922Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2011
2072Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2011
2180Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCCU88kgSemi f.2011
2188Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCCU88kg3rd Place2011
2334Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2456Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2012
2535Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.U88kgSemi f.2012
2802Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2012
2920Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLRefree DecisionNoGi WorldsU100kgFinal2012
2983Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLRefree DecisionMetamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
3270Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.U100kgSemi f.2013
3371Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCCU88kgFinal2013
3485Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0EuropeanU100kgFinal2014
3630Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2014
3946Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2014
1016Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.Absolute1/4 final2007
1017Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWMata leaoBudweiser Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2007
1018Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.AbsoluteFinal2007
1037Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0BrasileiroU100kgFinal2007
1064unknownWTrianglePan AmericanU100kgRd 12007
1065Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kg1/4 final2007
1066unknownWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kgSemi f.2007
1067Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU100kgFinal2007
1119Marko HelenWArmbarADCCU88kgRd 12007
1179Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2007
1180Luis TheodoroWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2007
1204Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.U100kg1/4 final2007
1240Anthony RodeWMata leao10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1241Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1266Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2008
1268Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2008
1269Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan AmericanU94kgFinal2008
1351Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2008
1353Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.U100kgSemi f.2008
1367Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12008
1370Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
1489Tom LawlorWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12009
1493Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCCU88kg1/4 final2009
1582Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2009
1691Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU94kgFinal2010
1703Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWRefree DecisionNo Gi WorldsU94kgFinal2010
1772Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.U94kgRd 12010
1776Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2010
1905Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1st2011
1917Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
2015Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.U94kgRounds2011
2053Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2011
2134Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCCU88kgRd 12011
2165Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCCU88kg1/4 Finals2011
2249Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
2263Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
2274Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgFinal2011
2331Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenAbsolute1/4 final2012
2453Igor AraújoWPointsPan AmericanU94kgRd 22012
2529Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kgRd 12012
2532Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.U88kg1/4 final2012
2800Dimitrius SouzaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2012
2864Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2918Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi WorldsU94kgFinal2012
3267Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2013
3368Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCCU88kgSemi f.2013
3424Ricardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100kgSemi f.2013
3425Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100kgFinal2013
3627Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2014
3943Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014
4023Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXAbsoluteSemi f.2014
4024Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXAbsoluteFinal2014
4025Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiAbsoluteSemi f.2014
4026Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiAbsoluteFinal2014
4027Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGiU94kgFinal2014

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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