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Rafael Vasconcelos

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Instructional by Alexandre Ribeiro

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: 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 UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 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*)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 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

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (9%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
20
2
#86e620
Toe hold
20
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
10
1
#d1212a
Submission
10
1
#fad11b
Verbal tap
10
1
#f58822
Footlock
10
1
#224aba
Armbar
10
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
13
1
#86e620
Choke
13
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
1
#d1212a
RNC
13
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
13
1
#f58822
Triangle
13
1
#224aba
Cross choke
13
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14338Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14444Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15241Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15380Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15943John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16276Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16323Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16514Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16652Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16821Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16887Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16983Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17312Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17529R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17534Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17987Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
17996Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19534James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19868Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20555Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20995Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21538Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21545Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21599Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W 12697KGSPF2019
22227Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
22303Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22313Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22843Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 5x0European OpenABSR22020
22925Gabriel VolanteLPts: 6x0European Open94KGR12020
23801Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA94KGF2020
23945Dominique BellDominique BellLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2020
24135Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLReferee DecisionHouston Open94KGF2020
14330Marcus FernandoWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14336Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14441Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15239Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15242Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15936Jeffrey AkeWArm in EzekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15937Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15940Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16274Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16304Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16311Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16322Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16651Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16816Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16817Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16818Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16819Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16820Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16886Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16980Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16981Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17316Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17528Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
17985Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
17995Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
18094Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19866Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20261Stephen HallWN/ADallas SPO94KGRR2019
20262Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas SPO94KGF2019
20322Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20323Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20324Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
20994Alessandro SilvaWPointsFresno Open100KGSF2019
21543Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21544Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
22230R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
22233Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22299J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
22301Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019
22832Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSR12020
23796Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
23799Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
23940J. JansenWPts: 14x0Pan American94KGR12020
24134Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x0Houston Open94KGRR2020
24136Stuart MaddoxWPts: 8x2Houston OpenABSSF2020

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