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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

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
20
8
#86e620
RNC
18
7
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
5
#d1212a
Armbar
13
5
#fad11b
Brabo choke
8
3
#f58822
Baseball choke
3
1
#224aba
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#ff9124
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Injury
3
1
#fad223
Anaconda
3
1
#03861f
Darce choke
3
1
#039a1f
Submission
3
1
#03b41f
Katagatame
3
1
#03c61f
Mounted triangle
3
1
#03d61f
Ezekiel
3
1
#03f61f
North South choke
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    24 (60%)
  • 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
1362Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1379Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1619Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1687Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG4F2007
1759Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1778Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1797Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1816Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1825Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1945Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGF2008
1965Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
2094Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS4F2009
2164Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2235Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2238David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD2009
2326Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2345Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2009
2402Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2624Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2681Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2802Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2928Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2011
3077Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3207Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3215Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3434Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3445Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3569Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3722Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3999Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4163Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4360Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4515Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG4F2013
4689Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4889Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
5113Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5243Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5664Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7660Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG4F2015
12001Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
1136Rolles GracieRolles GracieWBrabo chokeBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1137Takeshi KosaiWDQBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1377Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2006
1525Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG4F2006
1526Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1527Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1535Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS4F2007
1536Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1537Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1580Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1582Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1609UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1610Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG4F2007
1611UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1612Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1682Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1752Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG4F2007
1753Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1777Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG4F2007
1819Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1820Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1856Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG4F2008
1858Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1859Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1942Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG4F2008
1944Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1958Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1961Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2230Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2234Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2009
2324Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2009
2400Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2530Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG4F2010
2531Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2532Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2584Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2675Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2679Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG4F2010
2884Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2911Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2923Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3020Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3058Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG4F2011
3161Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3192Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG4F2011
3281Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3296Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3307Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3339Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3442Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS4F2012
3566Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3716Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3719Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG4F2012
3997Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG4F2012
4061Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4159Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4161Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4264Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4512Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4513R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4686Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG4F2013
4877Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4884Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG4F2013
4886Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4984Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4985Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5240Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG4F2014
5661Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5774Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5775Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5776Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5777Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5778Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7281Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7282Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7284UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7290Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7653Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
8306Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8308Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8309Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8772Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016
9564Steve PattersonWArm in ezekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
9874Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016
10115Tanner RiceTanner RiceWCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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