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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 American Nationals (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2021)
  • 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)
  • 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

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (7%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
21
3
#86e620
Triangle
14
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
14
2
#d1212a
Ezekiel
7
1
#fad11b
Submission
7
1
#f58822
Verbal tap
7
1
#224aba
Kimura
7
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
7
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
7
1
#22c9a5
Armbar
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
42 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
17
2
#86e620
Botinha
17
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
8
1
#d1212a
Choke
8
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
1
#f58822
Choke from back
8
1
#224aba
RNC
8
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
8
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
8
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14372Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14478Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15292Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15431Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15994John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16329Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16376Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16567Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16705Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16874Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16940Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
17036Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17373Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17590R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17595Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
18054Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
18063Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19643James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19984Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20677Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21119Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21674Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21681Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21737Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W 12697KGSPF2019
22374Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
22455Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22465Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
23020Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 5x0European OpenABSR22020
23102Gabriel VolanteLPts: 6x0European Open94KGR12020
24019Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA94KGF2020
24166Dominique BellDominique BellLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2020
24364Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLReferee DecisionHouston Open94KGF2020
25163Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLArmbarDallas Open94KGSF2021
25172Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Dallas OpenABS4F2021
25774Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 8x4Houston OpenABSR12021
26196Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, AdvMemphis OpenABSSF2021
26629Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLBotinhaAmerican Nats94KG4F2021
26643Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLBotinhaAmerican NatsABS4F2021
27465Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 11x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021
27569Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLChoke from backPan American94KG4F2021
29367Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2021
29496Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KGR12021
14364Marcus FernandoWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14370Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14475Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15290Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15293Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15987Jeffrey AkeWArm in EzekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15988Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15991Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16327Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16357Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16364Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16375Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16704Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16869Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16870Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16871Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16872Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16873Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16939Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
17033Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
17034Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17377Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17589Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
18052Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
18062Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
18172Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19982Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20378Stephen HallWN/ADallas SPO94KGRR2019
20379Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas SPO94KGF2019
20439Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20440Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20441Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
21118Alessandro SilvaWPointsFresno Open100KGSF2019
21679Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21680Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
22377R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
22380Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22451J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
22453Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019
23009Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSR12020
24014Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
24017Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
24161J. JansenWPts: 14x0Pan American94KGR12020
24363Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x0Houston Open94KGRR2020
24365Stuart MaddoxWPts: 8x2Houston OpenABSSF2020
25385Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando Open94KGSF2021
25386Charles McGuireWKimuraOrlando Open94KGF2021
25766Charles McGuireWTriangleHouston Open94KGSF2021
25768Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWAdvHouston Open94KGF2021
26191Jurgens JansenWPts: 5x0Memphis Open94KGF2021
26193Jurgens JansenWPts: 3x2Memphis OpenABS4F2021
27459Lucas LaetWKneebarPan AmericanABS8F2021
28990Francisco VenezuelaWArm in EzekielJJ CON94KG4F2021
28993Alika AngermanWPts: 2x0JJ CON94KGSF2021
28994Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionJJ CON94KGF2021

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