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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

63 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Mata leao
20
6
#86e620
Kimura
20
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
17
5
#d1212a
Armbar
13
4
#fad11b
Brabo choke
7
2
#f58822
Mounted triangle
3
1
#224aba
Katagatame
3
1
#ff9124
Submission
3
1
#bf1f6c
Darce choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Injury
3
1
#fad223
Anaconda
3
1
#03861f
Ezekiel
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (62%)
  • 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
1128Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1357Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1407Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1469Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1488Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1503Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSRD12007
1520Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1529Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1637Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100KGRD12008
1657Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1757Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
1823Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
1913Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
1932Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
1961Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2062Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2111Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2187Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2266Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
2416Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
2525Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
2533Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
2691Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
2813Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
2892Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3163Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3289Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
3375Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSUPERF2013
3504Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
3670Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
3819Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
3978Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
4109Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
4438Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
1271Nolan DutcherWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1272Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1273Chris MoriartyWMata leaoGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1274Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1275Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWMata leaoBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1276Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1320Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1347UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGRD12007
1348Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1349UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1350Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1402Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGRD12007
1462Bruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1463Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1487Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1523Anthony RodeWMata leao10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1524Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1549Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1551Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1552Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1634Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1636Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1650Marcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD12008
1653Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSRD22008
1818Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGRD12009
1822Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
1911Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2024Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2036Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2105Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRD12010
2109Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2249Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRD12011
2261Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSRD22011
2359Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
2397Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
2479Jeon Doo KwangWMata leaoADCC88KGRD12011
2510Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
2594Frederico MoncaioWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2608Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2619Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
2651Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSUPERF2011
2688Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
2810Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGRD22012
2886Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGRD12012
2889Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3161Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3225Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3287Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
3501Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
3502R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
3667Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
3807Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGRD12013
3814Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
3816Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
3910Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
3911Fabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
4106Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
4435Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
4515Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
4516Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
4517Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
4518Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
4519Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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