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Rafael Lovato Junior is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Machado who also worked extensively with the Ribeiro Brothers (Saulo and Alexandre). During his career as a professional grappler Lovato Junior made history on two occasions, first by being the first non-Brazilian to win the CBJJ Brazilian National Championship (2007) as a black belt, he would later rewrite is name in the tournament’s history books by conquering the open weight division (absolute), becoming the first non-Brazilian to achieve this deed also (2013). Other important landmarks in Rafael Lovato’s combat sports career were him becoming the 3rd American citizen to win the IBJJF World Championship in the black belt division (2007) and his first major title in a mixed martial arts promotion in 2019 with Bellator (middleweight title).

Rafael Lovato Jr Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Rafael Lovato Junior

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Jr

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2010)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship Masters (2017 / 2016** Master 1)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2007 / 2013*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2007 / 2008)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2007)
  • 1st Place Pro Sub League Invitational (2006)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Division: Pesado (Heavyweight) 94kg-207lbs

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded.

Team/Association: Ribeiro JJ / Lovato BJJ

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 at 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.

At 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 roommates in that training camp, creating a strong friendship that still stands today. After that camp, Rafael received his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu in 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.

Instructional by Rafael Lovato Junior

Rafael Lovato Grappling Record

100 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    50 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

50 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kimura
18
9
#86e620
RNC
16
8
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
7
#d1212a
Triangle
10
5
#fad11b
Submission
8
4
#f58822
Brabo choke
6
3
#224aba
Mounted X choke
6
3
#ff9124
Ezekiel
4
2
#bf1f6c
Arm in Ezekiel
2
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke
2
1
#fad223
Anaconda
2
1
#03861f
Darce choke
2
1
#039a1f
Katagatame
2
1
#03b41f
Mounted triangle
2
1
#03c61f
North South choke
2
1
#03d61f
Baseball choke
2
1
#03f61f
Arm in guillotine
2
1
50
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
48 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
33
3
#86e620
Choke from back
11
1
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
11
1
#d1212a
Footlock
11
1
#fad11b
Cross choke
11
1
#f58822
Heel hook
11
1
#224aba
Crucifix choke
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Lovato Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1374Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1391Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1632Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1700Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG4F2007
1772Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1791Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1810Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1829Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1838Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1962Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGF2008
1982Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
2121Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS4F2009
2191Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2262Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2265David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD2009
2353Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2372Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2009
2429Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2654Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2711Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2859Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2989Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2011
3139Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3280Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3288Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3510Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3521Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3645Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3800Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
4083Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4248Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4465Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4633Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG4F2013
4810Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
5009Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
5253Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5383Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5819Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7908Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG4F2015
7968Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 5x0ADCCABS4F2015
12538Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
13836Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLReferee DecisionADCC99KGSF2017
13838Jackson SousaJackson SousaLReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
19343Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W 104ABSSPF2019
23224Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23542Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLArmbarF2W 14493KGSPF2020
23677Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLReferee DecisionF2W 151126KGSPF2020
24136Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLCrucifix chokeBJJ Stars 494KGSPF2020
1143Rolles GracieRolles GracieWBrabo chokeBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1144Takeshi KosaiWDQBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1389Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2006
1537Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG4F2006
1538Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1539Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1548Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS4F2007
1549Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1550Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1593Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1595Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1622UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1623Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG4F2007
1624UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1625Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1695Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1765Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG4F2007
1766Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1790Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG4F2007
1832Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1833Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1873Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG4F2008
1875Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1876Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1959Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG4F2008
1961Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1975Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1978Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2257Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2261Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2009
2351Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2009
2427Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2560Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG4F2010
2561Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2562Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2614Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2705Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2709Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG4F2010
2942Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2972Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2984Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3082Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3120Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG4F2011
3234Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3265Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG4F2011
3354Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3369Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3380Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3412Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3518Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS4F2012
3642Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3794Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3797Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG4F2012
4081Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG4F2012
4145Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4244Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4246Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4363Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4622Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4623R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4807Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG4F2013
4997Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
5004Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG4F2013
5006Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
5104Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
5105Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5380Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG4F2014
5816Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5941Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5942Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5943Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5944Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5945Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7511Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7512Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7514UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7520Hugo BrittoWSubmissionCuritiba Open94KGSF2015
7522Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7523K. MouraWSubmissionCuritiba OpenABSSF2015
7524Pedro MouraWSubmissionCuritiba OpenABSF2015
7901Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
7963Abdulkadirov MagomedWPts: 5x0ADCCABSR12015
8576Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8578Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8579Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9070Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W 3ABSSPF2016
9883Steve PattersonWArm in EzekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
10203Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W 7O100KGSPF2016
10460Tanner RiceTanner RiceWCross chokeF2W 11ABSSPF2016
13826Eliott KellyWPointsADCC99KGE12017
13833Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG4F2017
15245Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCF2W 64100KGSPF2018
18346Josh HingerJosh HingerWReferee DecisionF2W 9588KGSPF2018
19417Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWReferee DecisionPolaris 992KGSPF2019
21799Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWKimuraWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
23494Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWMounted X chokeF2W 141112KGSPF2020
23592Helton JoseHelton JoseWArmbarF2W 14793KGSPF2020
23740Hunter ColvinWMounted X chokeOklahoma Open94KGSF2020
23741Victor SilvaWMounted X chokeOklahoma Open94KGF2020
23743Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWArmbarOklahoma OpenABS4F2020
23745Rodrigo LopesWEzekielOklahoma OpenABSSF2020

Banner photo was taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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