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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
22
8
#86e620
RNC
19
7
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
5
#d1212a
Armbar
14
5
#fad11b
Brabo choke
5
2
#f58822
Darce choke
3
1
#224aba
Submission
3
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
3
1
#bf1f6c
Mounted triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Ezekiel
3
1
#fad223
North South choke
3
1
#03861f
Baseball choke
3
1
#039a1f
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#03b41f
Injury
3
1
#03c61f
Anaconda
3
1
37
(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
1333Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1350Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1589Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1657Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
1729Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1748Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1767Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1786Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1795Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1915Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.O100KGR12008
1935Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
2062Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
2132Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2199Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2202David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD PLC2009
2290Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2309Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2366Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2577Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2626Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2733Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2859Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3008Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3124Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3132Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3337Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3348Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3472Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3625Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3898Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4062Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4224Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4376Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
4549Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4740Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
4940Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5066Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5474Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7341Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG1/4F2015
1348Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2006
1496Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1497Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1498Chris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1506Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1507Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1508Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1552Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1579UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1580Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1581UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1582Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1652Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1722Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1723Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1747Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1789Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1790Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1826Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1828Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1829Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1912Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1914Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1928Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1931Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2194Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2198Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
2288Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2364Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2483Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2484Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2485Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2537Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2620Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2624Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2815Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2842Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2854Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
2951Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
2989Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
3078Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3109Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
3198Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3213Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3224Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3256Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3345Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
3469Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3619Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3622Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3896Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3960Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4058Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4060Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4142Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4373Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4374R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4546Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4728Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4735Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4737Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4835Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4836Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5063Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
5471Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5574Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5575Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5576Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5577Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5578Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
6983Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
6984Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
6986UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
6990Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7334Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
7962Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
7964Carlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
7965Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8351Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

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