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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 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

92 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

43 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
19
8
#86e620
Kimura
19
8
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
5
#d1212a
Armbar
12
5
#fad11b
Submission
9
4
#f58822
Brabo choke
7
3
#224aba
North South choke
2
1
#ff9124
Baseball choke
2
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
2
1
#22c9a5
Arm in ezekiel
2
1
#fad223
Cross choke
2
1
#03861f
Anaconda
2
1
#039a1f
Darce choke
2
1
#03b41f
Katagatame
2
1
#03c61f
Mounted triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Ezekiel
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
43 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    24 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (16%)
  • 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
1371Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2006
1388Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarPan AmericanABSSF2006
1628Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1696Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPointsADCC88KG4F2007
1768Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1787Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.100KGSF2007
1806Luiz TheodoroLPts: 2x0Super ChallengeABSR12007
1825Mario SukataLReferee Decision10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1834Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbar10k ChallengeABSSF2007
1955Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGF2008
1975Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
2111Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 5x0World Pro.ABS4F2009
2181Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2252Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLEstima lockADCC88KGSF2009
2255David AvellanLFootlockADCC88KG3RD2009
2343Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGSF2009
2362Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2009
2419Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds100KGF2009
2644Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x0BrasileiroABSF2010
2701Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2010
2849Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 6x2European100KGF2011
2979Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2011
3129Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 20x2World Champ.94KGSF2011
3270Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesLHeel hookADCC88KGSF2011
3278Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC88KG3PLC2011
3500Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3511Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 4x2European OpenABSSF2012
3635Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2012
3790Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoLAdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2012
4073Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4238Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4455Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4623Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Brasileiro94KG4F2013
4800Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4999Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGF2013
5243Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 2x0European100KGF2014
5373Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5808Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
7888Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG4F2015
12444Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
13724Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLReferee DecisionADCC99KGSF2017
13726Jackson SousaJackson SousaLReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
19019Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 104ABSSPF2019
1140Rolles GracieRolles GracieWBrabo chokeBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1141Takeshi KosaiWDQBudo ChallengeO108KGSF2005
1386Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2006
1534Nolan DutcherWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KG4F2006
1535Dave BranchWReferee DecisionGQ All Star Pro91KGSF2006
1536Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWRNCGQ All Star Pro91KGF2006
1544Lee SynowskiWPts: 4x0Budweiser Champ.ABS4F2007
1545Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWRNCBudweiser Champ.ABSSF2007
1546Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWInjuryBudweiser Champ.ABSF2007
1589Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1591Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1618UnknownWTrianglePan American100KGR12007
1619Rodrigo TeixeiraWBrabo chokePan American100KG4F2007
1620UnknownWBrabo chokePan American100KGSF2007
1621Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPts: 2x0Pan American100KGF2007
1691Marko HelenWArmbarADCC88KGR12007
1761Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KG4F2007
1762Luis TheodoroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2007
1786Nick KlineWPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG4F2007
1828Anthony RodeWRNC10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1829Stephen DawsonWAnaconda10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1866Fabio MarmontelWArmbarPan American94KG4F2008
1868Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1869Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvPan American94KGF2008
1952Arthur CesarWKimuraWorld Champ.100KG4F2008
1954Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1968Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1971Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2247Tom LawlorWPointsADCC88KGR12009
2251Bruno BastosBruno BastosWDarce chokeADCC88KG4F2009
2341Fernando PieroFernando PieroWAdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2009
2417Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWRNCNoGi Worlds100KGSF2009
2550Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPointsPan American94KG4F2010
2551Joao AssisJoao AssisWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2552Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 7x0Pan American94KGF2010
2604Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2695Tony EduardoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGR12010
2699Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.94KG4F2010
2932Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 4x2World P. NoGi92KGF2011
2962Mick WilsonWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12011
2974Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3072Fernando PieroFernando PieroWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3110Renan VitalWArmbarWorld Champ.94KG4F2011
3224Jeon Doo KwangWRNCADCC88KGR12011
3255Kyle GriffinWTriangleADCC88KG4F2011
3344Frederico MoncaioWRNCNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3359Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3370Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGF2011
3402Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3508Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWKimuraEuropean OpenABS4F2012
3632Igor AraújoWPointsPan American94KGR22012
3784Rodrigo ClarkWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3787Roberto FonsecaWPointsWorld Pro.88KG4F2012
4071Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KG4F2012
4135Kayron GracieKayron GracieWKimuraMetamorisABSSPF2012
4234Max FreitasWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGR12012
4236Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKatagatameNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4353Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4612Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWN/ABrasileiroABSSF2013
4613R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraBrasileiroABSF2013
4797Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.100KG4F2013
4987Shinsho AnzaiWMounted triangleADCC88KGR12013
4994Rustam ChsievWTriangleADCC88KG4F2013
4996Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
5094Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2013
5095Fabiano SchernerFabiano SchernerWAdvNoGi WorldsO100KGF2013
5370Bueno/AllianceWPointsPan American94KG4F2014
5805Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5930Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TXABSSF2014
5931Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TXABSF2014
5932Andrew KimlerWKimuraFive TX NoGiABSSF2014
5933Joshua HaydenWPts: 10x0Five TX NoGiABSF2014
5934Douglas BuenoWEzekielFive TX NoGi94KGF2014
7491Wellington PerotoWKimuraCuritiba No Gi100KGSF2015
7492Fernando PiresWNorth South chokeCuritiba No Gi100KGF2015
7494UnknownWN/ACuritiba No GiABSSF2015
7500Hugo BrittoWSubmissionCuritiba Open94KGSF2015
7502Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWArmbarCuritiba Open94KGF2015
7503K. MouraWSubmissionCuritiba OpenABSSF2015
7504Pedro MouraWSubmissionCuritiba OpenABSF2015
7881Hidemi MiharaWPts: 7x0ADCC88KGR12015
8556Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8558Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWBaseball chokeHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8559Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9039Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 3ABSSPF2016
9846Steve PattersonWArm in ezekielRespect ProABSSPF2016
10160Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016
10417Tanner RiceTanner RiceWCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
13714Eliott KellyWPointsADCC99KGE12017
13721Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG4F2017
15090Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCF2W Pro 64100KGSPF2018
18086Josh HingerJosh HingerWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9588KGSPF2018
19090Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWReferee DecisionPolaris 992KGSPF2019

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