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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: 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

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (9%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
18
2
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
18
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
9
1
#d1212a
Ezekiel
9
1
#fad11b
Triangle
9
1
#f58822
Submission
9
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
9
1
#ff9124
Kimura
9
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
22
2
#86e620
Triangle
11
1
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
11
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
11
1
#fad11b
Choke
11
1
#f58822
Kneebar
11
1
#224aba
RNC
11
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14340Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14446Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15244Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15383Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15946John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16279Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16326Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16517Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16655Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16824Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16890Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16986Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17315Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17532R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17537Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17990Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
17999Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19541James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19875Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20562Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21002Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/AFresno Open100KGF2019
21546Wellington PerotoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KG4F2019
21553Renato TagliariLPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2019
21607Tyrone GoncalvesLReferee DecisionF2W 12697KGSPF2019
22235Wellington PerotoLKneebarLong Beach Open100KGF2019
22311Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22321Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPointsSJJIF World NG92KGF2019
22857Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 5x0European OpenABSR22020
22939Gabriel VolanteLPts: 6x0European Open94KGR12020
23825Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA94KGF2020
23969Dominique BellDominique BellLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2020
24160Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLReferee DecisionHouston Open94KGF2020
24920Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLArmbarDallas Open94KGSF2021
24929Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Dallas OpenABS4F2021
14332Marcus FernandoWArm in EzekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14338Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14443Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15242Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15245Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15939Jeffrey AkeWArm in EzekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15940Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15943Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16277Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16307Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16314Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16325Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16654Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16819Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16820Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16821Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16822Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16823Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16889Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16983Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16984Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17319Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17531Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
17988Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
17998Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
18097Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19873Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
20268Stephen HallWN/ADallas SPO94KGRR2019
20269Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas SPO94KGF2019
20329Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
20330Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
20331Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019
21001Alessandro SilvaWPointsFresno Open100KGSF2019
21551Anton MikenkoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
21552Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, PenGrand Slam LA94KGRPC2019
22238R. Dos SantosWPts: 4x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2019
22241Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22307J. VanderlindenWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2019
22309Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGF2019
22846Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenABSR12020
23820Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
23823Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
23964J. JansenWPts: 14x0Pan American94KGR12020
24159Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x0Houston Open94KGRR2020
24161Stuart MaddoxWPts: 8x2Houston OpenABSSF2020
25129Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando Open94KGSF2021
25130Charles McGuireWKimuraOrlando Open94KGF2021

Rafael Vasconcelos vs Gabriel Almeida

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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