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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
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
1359Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1376Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1616Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1684Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2007
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.ABS1/4F2008
2092Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2009
2162Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2233Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2236David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD2009
2324Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2343Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2009
2400Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2622Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2679Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2792Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2918Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2011
3067Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3192Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3200Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3417Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3428Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3552Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3705Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
3982Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4146Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4342Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4497Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG1/4F2013
4670Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4870Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
5087Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5217Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5639Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7624Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG1/4F2015
1136Rolles GracieRolles GracieWBrabo chokeBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1137Takeshi KosaiWDQBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1374Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2006
1522Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG1/4F2006
1523Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1524Chris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1532Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1533Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1534Chris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1577Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1579Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1606UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1607Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG1/4F2007
1608UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1609Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1679Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1749Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG1/4F2007
1750Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1774Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG1/4F2007
1816Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1817Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1853Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2008
1855Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1856Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1939Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2008
1941Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1955Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1958Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2228Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2232Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2009
2322Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2009
2398Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2528Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2529Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2530Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2582Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2673Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2677Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2874Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2901Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2913Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3010Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3048Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2011
3146Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3177Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2011
3266Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3281Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3292Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3324Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3425Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS1/4F2012
3549Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3699Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3702Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3980Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2012
4044Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4142Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4144Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4246Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4494Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4495R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4667Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4858Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4865Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG1/4F2013
4867Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4965Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
4966Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5214Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2014
5636Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5749Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5750Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5751Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5752Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5753Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7249Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7250Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7252UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7258Jurandir ConceiçãoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7617Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
8267Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8269Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8270Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8721Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016
9488Steve PattersonWArm in ezekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
9796Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016
10031Tanner RiceTanner RiceWCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016

Banner photo taken by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Lovato Jr vs Kayron Gracie

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