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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: 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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (9%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
20
2
#86e620
Toe hold
20
2
#5AD3D1
Footlock
10
1
#d1212a
Armbar
10
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
10
1
#f58822
Triangle
10
1
#224aba
Submission
10
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
13
1
#86e620
Guillotine
13
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
13
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
13
1
#f58822
Armbar
13
1
#224aba
Choke
13
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
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
15240Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15379Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15942John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16275Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16322Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16513Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16651Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16820Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16886Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16982Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17311Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17528R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17533Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17986Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
17995Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19533James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19867Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20554Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20991Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21529Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21536Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21590Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W 12697KGSPF2019
22218Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
22294Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22304Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22823Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 5x0European OpenABSR22020
22905Gabriel VolanteLPts: 6x0European Open94KGR12020
23767Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA94KGF2020
23910Dominique BellDominique BellLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2020
14330Marcus FernandoWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14336Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14441Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15238Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15241Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15935Jeffrey AkeWArm in EzekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15936Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15939Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16273Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16303Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16310Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16321Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16650Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16815Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16816Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16817Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16818Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16819Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16885Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16979Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16980Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17315Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17527Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
17984Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
17994Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
18093Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19865Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20260Stephen HallWN/ADallas SPO94KGRR2019
20261Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas SPO94KGF2019
20321Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20322Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20323Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
20990Alessandro SilvaWPointsFresno Open100KGSF2019
21534Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21535Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
22221R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
22224Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22290J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
22292Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019
22812Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSR12020
23762Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
23765Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
23905J. JansenWPts: 14x0Pan American94KGR12020

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