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Rafael Vasconcelos

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Rafael Vasconcelos de Lima is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Leandro Lo and representative of the Atos JJ Team, having also worked extensively with coaches Cicero Costha (PSLPB) and Ricardo Costa (DBK). Vasconcelos broke out as one of jiu jitsu’s hottest prospects in the São Paulo area back in 2015 as a purple belt after conquering medals in some of the top tournaments on the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) international circuit.

Rafael Vasconcelos Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rafael Vasconcelos de Lima

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro PerezRoberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Leandro Lo > Rafael Vasconcelos

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF San Francisco Open Champion (2018*)
  • IBJJF Denver Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Nashville Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Orlando Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF American Nationals 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF San Francisco Open 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Austin Open 2nd Place (2018*)
  • IBJJF Orlando Open 2nd Place (2018*)
  • IBJJF Nashville Open 2nd Place (2018*)
  • IBJJF South American Open 3rd Place (2017)
  • ACBJJ North America 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF São Paulo Open Champion (2017* brown)
  • IBJJF Rio Int. Open Champion (2015 purple)
  • IBJJF American Nationals Champion (2016** brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2015** purple)
  • CBJJ Brasileiro Championship 2nd Place (2015* purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2015 purple)
  • IBJJF São Paulo Int. Open 2nd Place (2015 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 3rd Place (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF European Int. Open 3rd Place (2015 purple)
  • CBJJ Brasileiro Championship 3rd Place (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro 3rd Place (2017**)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard, Distance Passing

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Atos JJ

Rafael Vasconcelos Biography

Rafael Vasconcelos was born on November 04, 1992 in Fortaleza – the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil.

During his formative years Rafael gained some weight and as a way to shed the extra pounds he decided to join a jiu jitsu class. Vasconcelos was 16 years old at the time (2009).

Ricardo Costa of team DBK in Fortaleza was Vasconselos’ first instructor and the man in charge of his jiu jitsu up to purple belt. At this point Rafael was already a rising star in the Ceará grappling circuit and, believing in his potential, he decided to move to São Paulo where he could work full time on his jiu jitsu career at Cicero Costha‘s PSLPB academy.

During his time at PSLPB, two groups started being formed inside the team. Master Cicero’s and that of the academy’s star pupil Leandro Lo. When the environment became too volatile for the two to coexist, Leandro opened his own academy (New School Brotherhood) and Vasconcelos followed him there.

At New School Brotherhood (NsB) Rafael earned both his brown and his black belts, the latter on October 30, 2017.

While competing in the international BJJ circuit Rafael befriended professors André Galvão and Angelica Galvão. The two would (on February 2018) open the doors of their academy to Vasconcelos, who from then on started representing them internationally.

Rafael Vasconcelos Grappling Record

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (13%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in ezekiel
22
2
#86e620
Toe hold
22
2
#5AD3D1
Footlock
11
1
#d1212a
Armbar
11
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
11
1
#f58822
Triangle
11
1
#224aba
Submission
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
20
1
#86e620
Guillotine
20
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
20
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
20
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13982Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14088Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
14777Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
14914Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15398John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
15710Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
15757Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
15947Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16075Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16213Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16267Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16357Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
16617Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington Open100KGF2018
16826R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
16831Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
13974Marcus FernandoWArm in ezekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
13980Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14085Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
14775Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
14778Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15391Jeffrey AkeWArm in ezekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15392Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15395Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
15708Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
15738Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
15745Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
15756Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16074Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16208Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16209Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16210Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16211Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16212Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16266Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16354Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16355Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
16621Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
16825Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018

Rafael Vasconcelos vs Gabriel Almeida

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