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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
Ezekiel
3
1
#224aba
North South choke
3
1
#ff9124
Baseball choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#fad223
Cross choke
3
1
#03861f
Injury
3
1
#039a1f
Anaconda
3
1
#03b41f
Darce choke
3
1
#03c61f
Submission
3
1
#03d61f
Katagatame
3
1
#03f61f
Mounted triangle
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
1359Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1376Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1616Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1684Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG4F2007
1756Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1775Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1794Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1813Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1822Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1942Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGF2008
1962Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
2091Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS4F2009
2161Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2232Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2235David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD2009
2323Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2342Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2009
2399Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2621Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2678Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2799Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2925Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2011
3074Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3204Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3212Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3431Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3442Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3566Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3719Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3996Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4160Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4357Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4512Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG4F2013
4686Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4886Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
5109Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5239Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5660Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7655Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG4F2015
11985Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
1136Rolles GracieRolles GracieWBrabo chokeBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1137Takeshi KosaiWDQBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1374Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2006
1522Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG4F2006
1523Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1524Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1532Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS4F2007
1533Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1534Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1577Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1579Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1606UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1607Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG4F2007
1608UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1609Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1679Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1749Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG4F2007
1750Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1774Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG4F2007
1816Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1817Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1853Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG4F2008
1855Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1856Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1939Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG4F2008
1941Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1955Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1958Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2227Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2231Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2009
2321Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2009
2397Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2527Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG4F2010
2528Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2529Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2581Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2672Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2676Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG4F2010
2881Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2908Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2920Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3017Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3055Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG4F2011
3158Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3189Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG4F2011
3278Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3293Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3304Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3336Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3439Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS4F2012
3563Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3713Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3716Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG4F2012
3994Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG4F2012
4058Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4156Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4158Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4261Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4509Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4510R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4683Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG4F2013
4874Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4881Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG4F2013
4883Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4981Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4982Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5236Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG4F2014
5657Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5770Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5771Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5772Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5773Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5774Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7277Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7278Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7280UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7286Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7648Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
8298Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8300Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8301Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8762Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016
9552Steve PattersonWArm in ezekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
9862Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016
10103Tanner RiceTanner RiceWCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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