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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

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
28
5
#86e620
Triangle
22
4
#5AD3D1
Brabo choke
11
2
#d1212a
Armbar
11
2
#fad11b
Mata leao
11
2
#f58822
Darce choke
6
1
#224aba
Submission
6
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
1
#86e620
Choke from back
20
1
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
20
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
20
1
#fad11b
Heel hook
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6916Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2006
7126Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2007
7176Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCCU88kg1/4 final2007
7277Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12007
7310Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.U100kgSemi f.2007
7432Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100kgRd 12008
7469Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
7539Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2009
7626Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCCU88kgSemi-f.2009
7793Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2009
7821Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2009
7978Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2010
8099Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2EuropeanU100kgFinal2011
8227Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2011
8487Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2011
8677Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCCU88Semi f.s2011
8699Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCCU883 & 4 Place2011
8909Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
9116Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2012
9255Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.U88kgSemi f.2012
9715Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2012
9991Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLRefree DecisionMetamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
10511Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.U100kgSemi f.2013
10615Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCCU88kgFinal2013
10738Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0EuropeanU100kgFinal2014
10943Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2014
11462Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2014
7108unknownWTrianglePan AmericanU100kgRd 12007
7109Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kg1/4 final2007
7111unknownWBrabo chokePan AmericanU100kgSemi f.2007
7112Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU100kgFinal2007
7265Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2007
7267Luis TheodoroWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2007
7309Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.U100kg1/4 final2007
7428Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2008
7431Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2008
7459Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12008
7463Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
7617Tom LawlorWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12009
7624Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCCU88kg1/4 final2009
7789Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2009
7908Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU94kgFinal2010
7930Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWRefree DecisionNo Gi WorldsU94kgFinal2010
8196Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1st2011
8218Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22011
8388Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.U94kgRounds2011
8453Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2011
8587Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCCU88kgRd 12011
8639Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCCU881/4 Finals2011
8810Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
8831Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
8847Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgFinal2011
8904Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenAbsolute1/4 final2012
9110Igor AraújoWPointsPan AmericanU94kgRd 22012
9246Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kgRd 12012
9251Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.U88kg1/4 final2012
9713Dimitrius SouzaWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2012
9803Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
10506Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2013
10610Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCCU88kgSemi f.2013
10684Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100kgFinal2013
10938Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2014
11457Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014
11581Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXAbsoluteSemi f.2014
11583Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXAbsoluteFinal2014
11585Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiAbsoluteSemi f.2014
11587Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiAbsoluteFinal2014
11589Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGiU94kgFinal2014

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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