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Rafael Vasconcelos

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:

  • 1st Place IBJJF San Francisco Open (2018*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Denver Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Nashville Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Orlando Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF San Francisco Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Austin Open (2018*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Orlando Open (2018*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Nashville Open (2018*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place ACBJJ North American Championship (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2017* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015** purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (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 Vasconcelos’ 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

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (12%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
20
2
#86e620
Arm in ezekiel
20
2
#5AD3D1
Ezekiel
10
1
#d1212a
Triangle
10
1
#fad11b
Submission
10
1
#f58822
Verbal tap
10
1
#224aba
Footlock
10
1
#ff9124
Armbar
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Cross choke
14
1
#86e620
Toe hold
14
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
1
#d1212a
Choke
14
1
#fad11b
RNC
14
1
#f58822
Guillotine
14
1
#224aba
Triangle
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14214Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14320Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15085Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15224Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15773John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16094Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16141Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16333Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16465Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16626Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16692Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16786Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17093Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17306R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17311Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17739Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
17748Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19200James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19523Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20185Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20602Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
14206Marcus FernandoWArm in ezekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14212Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14317Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15083Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15086Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15766Jeffrey AkeWArm in ezekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15767Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15770Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16092Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16122Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16129Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16140Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16464Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16621Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16622Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16623Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16624Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16625Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16691Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16783Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16784Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17097Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17305Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
17737Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
17747Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
17844Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19521Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
19900Stephen HallWN/ADallas Spring Open94KGRR2019
19901Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas Spring Open94KGF2019
19961Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
19962Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
19963Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
20601Alessandro SilvaWN/AFresno Open100KGSF2019

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