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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

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (13%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Arm in ezekiel
20
2
#86e620
Toe hold
20
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
10
1
#d1212a
Verbal tap
10
1
#fad11b
Footlock
10
1
#f58822
Armbar
10
1
#224aba
Ezekiel
10
1
#ff9124
Triangle
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rafael Vasconcelos Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14208Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2017
14314Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2017
15077Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15216Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLRNCPan American94KG4F2018
15765John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16086Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsSan Diego Open94KGSF2018
16133Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABSSF2018
16325Inacio NetoInacio NetoLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12018
16457Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.94KGF2018
16618Wellington ModenaLPts: 8x6Nashville OpenABSF2018
16684Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLAdvAustin OpenABSF2018
16777Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLCross chokeOrlando OpenABSF2018
17084Rodrigo ReisLReferee DecisionWashington SU.O.100KGF2018
17297R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17302Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17730Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF Worlds100KGSF2018
17739Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsSJJIF NG World100KGSF2018
19191James PuopoloJames PuopoloLArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
19516Gianni CrivelloLN/ASan Jose Open100KGF2019
20171Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
14200Marcus FernandoWArm in ezekielGrand Slam RJ94KGR12017
14206Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGR22017
14311Romes RamosWFootlockSouth American94KG4F2017
15075Wellington PerotoWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15078Joshua BowlinWN/ASan Francisco OpenABSR12018
15758Jeffrey AkeWArm in ezekielDenver Open94KGSF2018
15759Tanner WeisgramWDQDenver Open94KGF2018
15762Tanner WeisgramWPts: 2x0Denver OpenABSR12018
16084Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Diego Open94KG4F2018
16114Gianni CrivelloWReferee DecisionACB North America95KGSF2018
16121Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16132Ashur DarmoWReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS4F2018
16456Tanner WeissgramWArmbarAmerican Nat.94KGSF2018
16613Jordan SchillemanWToe holdNashville Open94KGSF2018
16614Josh BowlinWPts: 7x4Nashville Open94KGF2018
16615Josh BowlinWEzekielNashville OpenABSR12018
16616Mauricio FernandesWToe holdNashville OpenABS4F2018
16617Pedro PalharesWDQNashville OpenABSSF2018
16683Matt McCormickWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2018
16774Charles McGuireWSubmissionOrlando Open100KGF2018
16775Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWPointsOrlando OpenABSSF2018
17088Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17296Lucas GustawWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA110KGR12018
17728Louis VillarrealWDQSJJIF Worlds100KG4F2018
17738Louis VillarrealWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World100KG4F2018
17835Wellington PerotoWPointsLong Beach Open100KGF2018
19514Fabricio SilveiraWPointsSan Jose Open100KGSF2019
19893Stephen HallWN/ADallas Spring Open94KGRR2019
19894Esdras BarbosaWN/ADallas Spring Open94KGF2019
19953Charles McGuireWVerbal tapSan Diego Open100KGSF2019
19954Wellington PerotoWPts: 4x4, AdvSan Diego Open100KGF2019
19955Yan CathalatWPts: 2x0San Diego OpenABS4F2019

Rafael Vasconcelos vs Gabriel Almeida

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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